Categories: Air Pollution

Delhi AQI Before & After Lockdown Difference

Fortunately, the year 2020 witnessed that the air pollution level decreased suddenly when the total lockdown was imposed in the country. It was an unexpected improvement of air quality everywhere during the lockdown. The animals started coming out of the forest. And they were seen playing in the street. Let’s take an example of Delhi, India. The below chart shows that the AQI level after 22nd March, 2020 started declining after the national wide lockdown was imposed. The sky was very clean and clear. 

Data Source: AQI.IN

Time 2020 AQI 2021 AQI % Change
2021-03-22 154.4 107.6 -30.31%
2021-03-23 102.7 107.3 4.48%
2021-03-24 99.4 95.8 -3.62%
2021-03-25 85 88.1 3.65%
2021-03-26 94.4 123.2 30.51%
2021-03-27 57.1 143 150.44%
2021-03-28 54.5 146 167.89%
2021-03-29 60.5 130.5 115.70%
2021-03-30 89.7 161.9 80.49%


Delhi AQI – 2021 April Lockdown

Due to 2nd wave wide spread of COVID19 again, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the first lockdown of 2021 from 17th April. It was earlier to end tomorrow (April 26) at 5 pm. The national capital Delhi will continue to be in lockdown till next 3rd May 2021.

As per the data shown in the chart, the AQI level in Delhi started declining after the few days of lockdown.

Data Source: AQI.IN

Data Source: AQI.IN

Some Benefits of Lockdown for Environment

  • Yes, it definitely improves the air quality of the environment.
  • It also improves the climatic conditions. 
  • Use of resources is minimized. 
  • Pandemic lockdown brings down air pollution by up to 50-60% in some areas.


Gyane Haobijam

Recent Posts

Rural Air Pollution in India: Forgotten or Ignored?

Rightfully, the quintessential essence of our country, India lies in its rural lands. They epitomize…

15th February 2021

Green Tax for old, polluting vehicles: Government’s Classic Gambit

Indian authorities are becoming serious about dealing with the atrocity of air pollution. Therefore, they…

27th January 2021

COVID-19 lockdown didn’t relieve the air quality as much as expected!

The COVID-19 lockdown transformed us all. Didn't it? The global restrictions brought various changes in…

18th January 2021

Health and Economic Analysis of Deaths due to Air Pollution in India

The entire globe is wrapped up by the sheath of air pollution. It is among…

6th January 2021

8 Memes on Air Pollution that will open your eyes to the harsh reality.

A picture is worth a thousand words. It holds true for the modern scenario where…

16th December 2020

Effect of Gas Stove Emissions on Indoor Air Quality.

Who doesn't love to grab a bite! Even the bare sight of, no, the thought…

12th December 2020