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NewsMobile Pollution Watch: Delhi AQI climbs to ‘very poor’ as temperatures drop

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The past few days have been full of mist and cold temperatures for NCR. The AQI in Delhi and Gurugram have risen to ‘very poor’ and ‘poor’ respectively.

Pollution Watch brings you the measure of Air Quality Index (AQI) in major cities across the country.

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The AQI is measured by taking into account the PM (particulate matter). The pollution of a place is measured either in PM10 or PM2.5, depending on which particle is more dominant in the air in that place.

PM10 is the particle which is 10 micrometers or less in diameter and PM2.5 is the finer particle with a diameter measuring 2.5 micrometers or less.

PM2.5 is considered more harmful since it is finer and can travel more deeply into the lungs and cause very harmful effects. These tiny particles in the air reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when their levels are high.

0-30 Good
31- 60 Satisfactory
61- 90 Moderate
91- 120 Poor
121- 250 Very Poor
Beyond 250 Severe

*All levels are measured in PM2.5

DELHI

India Gate, Delhi

Mandir Marg- 334
Shantipath- 300
R.K. Puram- 345
Shanti Niketan- 300
Dwarka- 205

HARYANA

Gurugram

Gurugram- 275
Faridabad- 312
Rohtak- 223

MUMBAI

Gateway of India, Mumbai

Pirojshanagar- 132
MPCB Bandra- 89
Bandra East- 208
Lower Parel- 55 PM10

BENGALURU

Cubbon Park, Bengaluru

BTM Layout- 85
BWSSB- 53
Peenya- 65
Saneguravahalli- 45 PM10

The pollution level figures are as per the data taken on Saturday at 10:00 IST unless mentioned otherwise. The NGT has formed a committee to look for ways to combat the growing hazards for air pollution in  Delhi.

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