According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)-India, the overall air quality in Delhi is still classified as “Poor,” with the Air Quality Index (AQI) being recorded at 249 on Friday morning. The air quality around Delhi University was recorded at 307 (Very Poor) in the morning, according to the most recent SAFAR data. The IIT area in New Delhi was recorded at 273, and the air quality along Lodhi Road was recorded at 218. Both of these values are classified as “Poor.” Additionally, 208 (Poor) AQIs were recorded in Noida and 252 (Poor) in Gurugram, per the data.
India Meteorological Department in a statement on Delhi’s AQI forecasted predominant surface wind likely from Northwest/Northeast directions in Delhi with wind speed 04-16 kmph, resulting in mainly clear sky and mist in the morning on October 27, Friday.
To mitigate pollution, water was sprinkled through an anti-smog gun in the Anand Vihar area on Thursday.
As stubble burning continues in parts of Punjab and Haryana, air quality in the national capital has worsened in the past few days. According to data, over 2,500 cases of stubble burning have been reported this year so far. However, farm fire numbers are better than those of the previous two years.
The second phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) was implemented in Delhi to reduce the effect of increased pollution.
Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) is a set of guidelines and measures implemented to combat air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India, which includes Delhi and its surrounding areas.