Many cities of the country, especially the people living in the northern parts, are facing the double whammy of the ever-increasing air pollution and the coronavirus pandemic. Air pollution has not only put a dent in the eyes of the general public, the government and even the courts. In Delhi and Haryana, the government has declared school holidays. Talking about the AQI level of the last 24 hours, the results are shocking. The worst air quality has been recorded in Haryana’s Narnaul city, not Delhi.
Delhi continues to succumb to extremely poor air quality. Due to the gravity of the situation, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced closure of schools for a week and announced 100% work from home in all government offices for a week.
Delhi’s neighboring state Haryana has also decided to close all schools in four districts of Gurugram, Faridabad, Jhajjar and Sonepat till November 17 due to rising pollution levels in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Air pollution is increasing continuously in many cities of the country, especially in the cities of northern India. The air quality has become extremely bad. The figures for the last 24 hours are even more shocking. The AQI of a city is recorded by the Central Pollution Control Board. According to this, an AQI between zero and 50 is ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 to ‘poor’. The above condition is considered ‘serious’.
Central Pollution Control Board releases 24-hour data on AQI of Indian cities. According to the list released in the last 24 hours, the air quality of Delhi is not the worst in the country. Narlaun city of Haryana is at number one.
First the cities with good air quality (AQI)-
1. Coimbatore, Chennai 18
2. Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh 19
3. Bagalkot, Karnataka 23
4. Medicare, Karnataka 24
5. Gadag, Karnataka and Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 26
Cities with very poor air quality (AQI)-
1. Narnaul, Haryana 359
2. Delhi and Kota, Rajasthan 353
3. Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh 351
4. Jind, Haryana at 350
5. Udaipur, Rajasthan 348