Smog situation slightly improved in Delhi and adjoining areas today, but the poor air quality continued to affect the region. The Central Pollution Control Board said the air quality index stood at 479 at 6 AM.
AQI ranges from 0 to 500, with 500 being the worst air quality According to the MeT department, the visibility remained at 300 to 500 metres at 5.30 AM.
MeT department said there will be a clear sky during the day which may clear the prevailing smog condition in Delhi NCR. Heavy smog prevailed in the region over the past week due to slow wind speeds, high moisture and the presence of other pollutants.
The MeT Department has predicted a significant improvement in air quality from Tuesday. MeT department official, Charan Singh said, rain is expected in Delhi-NCR, Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh from Tuesday evening that will settle down the pollutants in the region.
The pollution in the city worsened yesterday after a small respite over the previous two days. Delhi’s average air quality index was 460 on Sunday, rising close to the 9th of this month season-high of 486.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board this was because of a fall in temperature, increased cloud cover, lower wind speed at the ground level, and winds at higher altitudes carrying pollutants from Punjab and Haryana.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government today will make a fresh push for odd-even road rationing, asking National Green Tribunal to exempt two-wheelers and cars driven by women from the plan.