The air quality index (AQI) crossed the 900-mark at an industrial area in Delhi, marking a sharp deterioration in air quality for the first time in 2021.
In North Delhi’s Bawana area, the air quality deteriorated to ‘hazardous’ quality with an AQI reading of 915 — three times higher than the average AQI of 350 recorded in February last year — at around 8:30 am in the morning.
Since Bawana is an industrial area, both PM2.5 and PM10 pollutant levels remain elevated in the area. The Dwarka area of the national capital occupied the second spot as AQI was recorded at 809, which also falls in the ‘hazardous’ category.
An AQI of 519 was recorded in neighbouring Faridabad city and the air quality remains in the ‘hazardous’ category here as well. In the satellite cities of Noida and Greater Noida, the AQI was recorded at 380, which is also in the ‘hazardous’ category.
In Ghaziabad, the air quality was slightly better than Wednesday but still remained in the ‘hazardous’ category with a reading of 404. The doctors have advised children and those who have respiratory ailments to stay indoors as much as possible.
“Continuous exposure to such pollutants can lead to various ailments in any person. Those who have respiratory problems must stay away from such pollutants. Also, children must be taken care of in such situations,” said Dr Jitendra Singh, a paediatrician.