Air Quality Today: Delhi Air Remains Hazardous, SC Demands Action
Air pollution is at its worst in three years in the Delhi NCR region.
Air pollution is at its worst in three years in the Delhi NCR region. Over a week after Diwali, the air quality only saw a slight improvement, with major areas of Delhi still breathing 'hazardous' air.
Demanding immediate action from the Centre and Delhi government, the Supreme Court on 4 November, Monday, called the toxicity of the air a violation of people's right to life. "Can we survive in this atmosphere? This is not the way we can survive. No one is safe even inside homes; it is atrocious," a top court bench said.
Air Pollution in Other Cities
Mumbai fares better, but areas in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata are breathing ‘unhealthy’.
Mumbai: 114 (Unhealthy for sensitive groups)
Bangalore: 156 (Unhealthy)
Chennai: 189 (Unhealthy)
Hyderabad: 160 (Unhealthy)
Kolkata: 187 (Unhealthy)
Here’s what the numbers mean. The World Health Organisation identifies pollution levels are ranging from:
- 0 - 50: Good. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
- 51-100: Satisfactory. Air quality is acceptable; may be a moderate health concern for sensitive people.
- 101-200: Moderate. Sensitive groups (with lung, heart diseases) may experience health issues.
- 201-300: Poor. Everyone may begirn to experience health issues like respiratory problems.
- 301-400: Very Poor. Health warnings of emergency conditions. Entire population is likely to be affected.
- 401-500: Severe. Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health issues.
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(Delhi is in a public health emergency and schools have been shut. The air outside is visibly toxic - how has the hazardous air #pollution impacted you? Write down your #PollutionKaSolution and send it to us at FIT@thequint.com)
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