No crackers, but Delhi's Air Quality (AQI) Index is still poor

New Delhi, Oct 17: A ban on burning crackers by Supreme Court is making many in Delhi hopeful. According to reports, the air quality of Delhi an surrounding area is very poor and this perhaps, was the reason that the SC put a ban on sale of crackers. On Tuesday morning Delhi's ITO was at 251 ( Very unhealthy ) in Air Quality Index.

With increase in stubble burning in neighbouring states and the NCR, Delhi on Monday saw a further rise in pollution levels, with Bhiwadi (NCR) in Rajasthan becoming the first place to record "severe" quality of air under the Air Quality Index (AQI). 

The national capital, where the air quality has already touched "very poor" level in many areas, including IGI Airport, Delhi University (North Campus) and Mathura Road, recorded an AQI of 290 -- merely 10 points away from overall "very poor" air quality on Monday.

Ghaziabad, on the other hand, was on the verge of reaching "severe" with air quality at present registering "very poor" at an Index value of 385. Noida, where air quality was slightly better 48 hours earlier, also saw increase in pollution, with AQI recorded at 263, considered "poor". 

News24Bureau with Agencies