New Delhi: The national capital received light rain on Friday morning, further improving the air quality. Data from the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) showed that the air quality index was recorded at 68 at 9:20 am, which falls in the satisfactory category. Light rain was recorded in some parts of the national capital in the morning and the India Meteorological Department has predicted more rain on Friday. “The capital is likely to remain generally cloudy with light rain on Friday,” an IMD official said. The IMD said the maximum temperature is expected to be around 30 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 23.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal.
According to CPCB’s 24-hour average AQI bulletin, the index value was 211 (poor category) on Wednesday, which improved to 79 (satisfactory category) on Thursday. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.
With the air quality in Delhi turning poor on Wednesday, officials in the National Capital Region were asked to strictly implement the measures under the first phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
The action plan includes punitive and legal action against polluting industrial units. The Delhi government on Thursday launched an anti-dust campaign to check dust pollution in the city, especially at construction sites.