It’s that time of year again! And no, unfortunately, we aren’t talking about the festive season. We’re referring to the time when Delhi turns into a gas chamber. The air quality has worsened this month, thus reducing the visibility and increasing the pollutants in the air. Delhi recorded its worst air day of 2020 on Monday (November 9) with Air Quality Index (AQI) touching 477. Just to put it in perspective--AQI between 0-50 is considered healthy.
This comes months after Delhi’s record-clean air and clear blue skies during the coronavirus lockdown. During the strict lockdown imposed, the AQI in Delhi fell dramatically to 49% and Delhiites enjoyed clean, breathable air in the city after a long time. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the AQI reported in Delhi back in February was 300 and it dropped to 50s and 60s in April. Well, probably the only good thing we heard during the lockdown.
The central government's Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi said that the air quality will remain in the severe category on Diwali (November 14) too. Meanwhile, several states and Union territories including Delhi have imposed a ban on firecrackers and its sale due to an increase in air pollution and a fear of spike in coronavirus cases during winters. Well, the situation is really concerning because even if you are healthy you can experience respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties during exercise or outdoor activities. So stay indoors and stay safe.