The air quality of the national capital again dropped to ‘severe’ category with AQI recording 401 at 6 am today morning, on November 25. In addition, the minimum temperature recorded by Safdarjung observatory today was 6.7°C.
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi’s AQI on November 24 stood at 379 which is in the ‘very poor’ category. While a day previous to it, the AQI was in the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category with 302 reading on the scale.
According to the government data on farm fires and experts, the worsening of Delhi’s air quality can be attributed to the unfavourable weather conditions. This led to poor dispersal of local pollutants such as road and construction dust, vehicular emissions and garbage burning.
The deteriorated air quality due to poor disposal of local pollutants has raised questions on the arguments citing farm fires and Diwali celebrations as major sources of pollution in the capital.