Delhi air quality declines to ‘very poor’ two days after emergency action plan

Air quality was “very poor” in several parts of Delhi this morning, with the overall Air Quality Index at 309 around noon, according to SAFAR. This is worse than the index of 291 in the city on the previous evening. An index value between 301 and 400 is considered “very poor” and it is “severe” between 401 and 500.

This was despite the emergency action plan to tackle poor air quality in Delhi which came into force on Monday.

The ban started with a ban on diesel generator sets. Measures also covering surrounding parts of the National Capital Region include mechanised sweeping of roads and deployment of traffic police to ensure smooth passage of traffic in vulnerable areas.

The measures are part of the Graded Response Action Plan, which was put in place in 2017 on the directions of the Supreme Court after high pollution levels in the National Capital Region in the winter of 2016.