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Delhi's air pollution on rise, slips to 'very poor' category, say authorities

Delhis air pollution on rise, slips to very poor category, say authorities

NEW DELHI: As the impact of rain subsided, Delhi's air quality deteriorated further and slipped into the 'very poor' category on Thursday, authorities said. They said unfavourable meteorological conditions have slowed down the process of dispersion of pollutants. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall AQI in the city was 328.

An AQI between 100 and 200 comes under the 'moderate' category, 201 and 300 is considered 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', while that between 401 and 500 is 'severe'. On Tuesday, Delhi recorded its lowest pollution levels since October last year as heavy rains lashed the city and the wind speed picked up. The national capital's air quality was recorded in the 'satisfactory' category.From Wednesday, the air quality started deteriorating again and slipped into the 'poor' category before falling into 'very poor' category.

Meanwhile, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) slammed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) Thursday for not submitting a proper report on a plea alleging air pollution caused by chemicals released by a dying industry in Malviya Nagar area here. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel expressed dissatisfaction over the DPCC report and asked it to submit a fresh report. "Proceedings have been initiated on the basis of a letter received by post, alleging that dying and chemical business is being carried at R-85, Basement, Khidki Extension, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, resulting in air pollution by the chemicals released from the factory, affecting the health of the inhabitants," the bench had noted. "No facts have been furnished nor ownership of the building or of the person who was carrying out illegal activities ascertained. Neither any money recovered. What is this report you (DPCC) have filed? Give us a proper report within one month," the bench said.

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