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Last Update: 20 Apr 2024, 05:35am

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Major Air Pollutants in New Delhi

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285 (PM10)
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PM2.5 5.7X

The current PM2.5 concentration in New Delhi is 5.7 times above the recommended limit given by the WHO 24 hrs air quality guidelines value.

New Delhi - Locations Air Pollution Level

LOCATIONS Status AQI-US AQI-IN PM2.5 PM10 Temp Humid
ITI Shahdra POOR 164 178 81 217 24 75
Loni POOR 134 130 49 145 22 69
Pooth Khurd POOR 160 175 73 213 29 37
Ihbas POOR 166 208 84 258 24 75
ITI Jahangirpuri POOR 174 237 101 268 29 37
Narela POOR 167 209 86 259 22 66
Mother Dairy Plant POOR 184 298 119 313 24 66
Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant Djb POOR 165 180 83 220 25 72
Alipur POOR 155 146 63 169 22 66
Punjabi Bagh POOR 188 301 121 330 29 37
Sri Auribindo Margta UNHEALTHY 254 353 70 393 24 66
Shaheed Sukhdev College Of Business Studies POOR 160 179 73 219 29 37
Delhi Institute Of Tool Engineering POOR 160 171 72 206 29 37
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium POOR 154 191 61 237 24 66
Satyawati College POOR 153 173 59 210 25 71
Mandir Marg POOR 169 233 90 283 24 66
Mundka HAZARDOUS 423 522 162 528 29 37
RK Puram UNHEALTHY 250 349 110 389 24 66
Pusa POOR 183 271 81 321 24 66
Anand Vihar POOR 186 290 117 325 25 72
PGDAV College POOR 161 206 74 256 24 66
New Delhi Us Embassy POOR 177 250 105 275 24 66
Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium POOR 166 203 84 253 24 66
Lajpat Nagar POOR 158 191 69 237 27 45
Prashant Vihar POOR 163 179 78 219 27 45
Saket Block C POOR 185 273 79 323 27 45
Embassy of Belgium POOR 167 238 83 288 27 45
LIC Colony POOR 194 291 114 341 27 45
Sir Edmund Hillary Marg POOR 175 254 89 304 27 45
Shastri Nagar POOR 157 189 67 234 27 45
Uttam Nagar SEVERE 366 459 135 477 27 45
Ashok Vihar Phase 1 POOR 155 171 63 206 27 45
Rohini Sector 7 POOR 158 169 70 204 27 45
Hari Nagar UNHEALTHY 214 318 117 364 27 45
Vasundhara Enclave POOR 176 243 103 287 27 45
Golf Links POOR 157 187 67 230 27 45
Punjabi Bagh Block D POOR 172 227 97 277 27 45
Anand Lok POOR 156 187 65 231 27 45
Ashok Vihar Phase 3 POOR 153 171 60 206 27 45
Green Park POOR 167 238 82 288 27 45
Defence Colony POOR 156 187 65 231 27 45
Karol Bagh POOR 161 215 75 265 27 45
Kalkaji POOR 162 227 70 277 27 45
HT House POOR 168 206 88 256 27 45
Okhla Phase II POOR 165 234 69 284 27 45
Katwaria Sarai POOR 182 268 73 318 27 45
Ramesh Park POOR 176 243 103 280 27 45
Chanakya Puri POOR 179 261 89 311 27 45
Rohini Sector 30 POOR 160 191 72 237 27 45
Anand Parbat POOR 158 209 70 259 27 45
Kohat Enclave POOR 158 166 69 199 27 45
Greater Kailash II POOR 160 224 66 274 27 45
Mori Gate POOR 166 202 85 252 27 45
Shalimar Bagh POOR 156 163 65 194 27 45
Panchsheel Vihar POOR 156 212 66 262 27 45
Mukherjee Nagar POOR 155 167 64 201 27 45
Rohini Sector 24 POOR 157 173 68 209 27 45
Dwarka Sector 10 HAZARDOUS 416 513 142 520 27 45
Model Town POOR 154 164 62 196 27 45
Ghazipur POOR 178 257 107 293 27 45
Rohini Sector 15 POOR 158 169 70 203 27 45
Ashok Vihar Phase 4 POOR 152 165 58 197 27 45
Janakpuri UNHEALTHY 228 330 116 374 27 45
Shahdara POOR 179 263 109 294 27 45
Wazirpur POOR 155 161 64 192 27 45
Malviya Nagar POOR 187 278 70 328 27 45
Rajinder Nagar POOR 163 225 78 275 27 45
GTB Nagar POOR 180 270 111 299 27 45
Raghubir Nagar POOR 177 258 106 308 27 45
Civil Lines POOR 166 201 84 251 27 45
New Friends Colony POOR 157 208 67 258 27 45
Sheikh Sarai POOR 156 208 66 258 27 45
Naraina Industrial Area POOR 180 264 96 314 27 45
Inderlok POOR 154 179 62 218 27 45
Jangpura POOR 154 181 61 221 27 45
Vasant Kunj POOR 191 286 71 336 27 45
Dwarka Sector 11 HAZARDOUS 430 530 144 534 27 45
Greater Kailash POOR 156 215 65 265 27 45
Ashok Vihar Phase 2 POOR 154 165 62 197 27 45
Hastsal UNHEALTHY 233 334 116 377 27 45
Delhi Cantt POOR 179 261 89 311 27 45
Diplomatic Enclave POOR 166 236 83 286 27 45
Bawana Industrial Area POOR 162 210 77 260 27 45
Gulmohar Park Block B POOR 157 197 67 246 27 45
Hauz Khas POOR 160 223 69 273 27 45
I P Extension POOR 178 260 108 294 27 45
Niti Marg POOR 166 236 83 286 27 45
Bali Nagar POOR 176 243 103 290 27 45
Sukhdev Vihar POOR 156 209 66 259 27 45
Delhi Gymkhana Club POOR 164 229 81 279 27 45
Paschim Vihar POOR 176 243 103 290 27 45
Dwarka Sector 6 HAZARDOUS 418 515 152 522 27 45
Saket POOR 168 239 68 289 27 45
Dwarka Sector 23 HAZARDOUS 410 505 128 514 27 45
Safdarjung Enclave POOR 170 243 82 293 27 45
Darya Ganj POOR 171 213 94 256 27 45
Deepali POOR 161 177 75 216 27 45
Dwarka Sector 12 HAZARDOUS 418 515 152 522 27 45
Dwarka Sector 7 HAZARDOUS 406 500 131 510 27 45
Bhalswa Landfill POOR 161 174 75 211 27 45
Dwarka Sector 5 SEVERE 384 476 135 491 27 45
Dwarka Sector 18B HAZARDOUS 419 516 155 523 27 45
Dwarka Sector 3 HAZARDOUS 405 499 152 509 27 45
Mayur Vihar POOR 176 247 104 283 27 45
Vasant Vihar POOR 182 268 91 318 27 45
Sukhdev Vihar DDA Flats POOR 155 204 64 254 27 45
Kashmiri Gate ISBT POOR 162 195 77 243 27 45
New Sarup Nagar POOR 165 185 82 227 27 45
Mustafabad POOR 167 196 87 244 27 45
Siddhartha Enclave POOR 155 189 64 233 27 45
Hazrat Nizamuddin POOR 153 179 60 218 27 45
Connaught Place POOR 167 199 87 248 27 45
East Patel Nagar POOR 160 221 72 271 27 45
Saraswati Marg POOR 156 167 66 200 27 45
Loni Dehat POOR 157 164 67 196 27 45
Surya Nagar POOR 186 302 123 322 27 45
Rohini Sector 10 POOR 156 165 66 197 27 45
Rohini Sector 5 POOR 155 160 64 190 27 45
RK Puram North Block POOR 181 266 89 316 27 45

Weather Conditions in New Delhi

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Health Advice For New Delhi

How to protect yourself from air pollution around New Delhi, India?
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New Delhi Air Quality Forecast



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134

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Friday

134

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134

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134

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134

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51-100
Moderate
101-200
Poor
201-300
Unhealthy
301-400
Severe
401-500
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FAQs of New Delhi Air Quality Index

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Quick answers to some commonly asked questions about the air pollution of New Delhi.


The real-time air quality in New Delhi is 246 (POOR) AQI now. This was last updated 43 seconds ago .

The current concentration of PM2.5 in New Delhi is 86 (µg/m³). The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 15 µg/m³ as the threshold concentration of PM2.5 for 24 hrs mean. Currently, the concentration is 3.44 times the recommended limit.

Generally, the air quality at New Delhi starts deteriorating in late October. The winters are the worst-hit season in terms of air pollution.

You should wear a good N95 mask when you go outdoor in New Delhi until the AQI is improving upto moderate range.

Office going people should avoid personal vehicles and use public transportations or carpooling.

(i) The primary causes of outdoor air pollution are solid, liquid particles called aerosols & gase from vehicles emissions, construction activities, factories, burning stubble & fossil fuels and wildfire, etc.


(ii) Main causes of indoor air pollution are harmful gases from cooking fuels (such as wood, crop wastes, charcoal, coal and dung), damp, mould smoke, chemicals from cleaning materials, etc.

Indoor air pollution in New Delhi is as dangerous as outdoor pollution, because the air pollutants come inside the houses or buildings through doors, windows and ventilation.

In New Delhi , you must use an air purifier or fresh air machine at home or office indoor and close all the doors, windows and ventilations when the outdoor air quality index (aqi) in New Delhi is very high. Proper ventilation is highly recommended only when outdoor air quality is improving and moderate AQI range.




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New Delhi AIR POLLUTION

A report by the Environmental Performance Index in 2014 said that a total decline of 100 percent was seen in the air quality of India in the last 10 years and the city that has been hit the greatest is the capital city, New Delhi, India. Research by Berkeley Earth revealed that on an average, when the AQI is in a relatively better state than the usual, breathing that air still means that pollutants equal to the same amount as 31 cigarettes smoke entering your lungs.


With statistics like these, all of us need to be educated and concerned about the rising Delhi pollution level. Learn about the causes and effects of Delhi air pollution so that we can understand the problem and try to bring a change on a personal and public level.


What are the Main Sources & Causes of Delhi Pollution?

There are many causes and sources of Delhi air pollution like stubble burning, vehicle emissions, industrial pollution, construction, cold weather, geographic location, stagnant winds, population growth, Badarpur thermal power plant, fire in Bhalswa Landfills, etc.


1. Agricultural Stubble Burning

Agricultural stubble burning has been the major caterer to the rising air pollution and smog in Delhi. The problem is that as there is a very short time gap between the harvesting of paddy and wheat, the straw from the last harvest needs to be disposed off as soon as possible. The government has suggested the farmers do manual or mechanical management of straw but as the process is expensive and takes more time, farmers switch back to their traditional practice of stubble burning. Thousands of crores have been spent by the Central and the State government of India, a ban has been put on the practice but stubble burning has not come under control yet. The smoke from this agricultural burning gets transported to Delhi because of the westerly winds. According to a study by IIT Kanpur, agricultural burning is the third largest contributor towards particulate matters in Delhi.


2. Vehicular Emissions

It is the number one contributor to the PM2.5 and PM10 particles in Delhi which is 28%. And overall, out of the total air pollution, 41 percent is due to vehicular emissions. Vehicular emissions have a large number of carbon monoxide in them. Long exposure to it can cause death and more and more vehicular emission is causing CO to accumulate in our atmosphere.


3. Industrial Pollution

Delhi has the highest number of small-scale industries in India and they do not respect any limits on the emission of toxic fumes and pollutants. They are the second highest contributor to the poor air quality of Delhi with 3182 industries.


4. Dust By Construction Pollution

Construction and dust pollution has been one of the major factors that led to this massive air pollution in Delhi. According to DPCC, 30 percent of the Pollution in Delhi has been due to the construction and demolition. This pollution is not much under attention and the government right now is taking steps to change that.


5. Fire in Bhalswa Landfills

Bhalswa Landfill is a dumping ground that has been in use since 1984. It spread about 52 acres and has reached to heights of 62 metres. It has been creating havoc in Delhi for years now. The landfill has been used beyond its capacity way before but still no waste management has been done. The waste that keeps lying around starts decomposing and because the volume of waste is so high that the whole area becomes prone to a fire. Because of the nature of the waste, the smoke from the fire not only produces a large amount of particulate matter, it also releases toxic amounts of Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen Sulphide among the few. In 2019 also, an incident where a fire started that set the landfill and Jahangirpuri ablaze.


6. Colder Weather

Cold weather in Delhi has also managed to be a significant part of Delhi pollution. As the temperature dips in Delhi, it lowers the aversion height of all the smog and other particulate matters in the air. Aversion height is the altitude from ground towards the sky, till which the particulate matter can rise. During summers, the aversion height is much above and far from the ground so all the pollutants rise up and are not much harmful to us . But when the winters come, the aversion height drops, which leads to all the smog being a part of the air we inhale.


7. Stagnant Winds

With a huge amount of pollutants being dispersed in the Delhi air daily, stagnant winds can cause a problem. When these huge amounts of pollutants don’t get a good speed of the wind, they start accumulating at a place which causes a hazy smog and doesn’t let the pollutants spread out.


8. Geographic Location

Delhi is landlocked between the states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh which and Himalayas and due to this, the winds that can carry the pollutants is near to non-existent. The winds that come from the coastal region carry pollutants with them which get trapped by the Himalayas i.e. in Delhi. For example, Chennai’s vehicle density is 19 times more than Delhi’s but still Chennai has a moderate amount of particulate matter in its air because as its a coastal region and all its pollutants get carried away.


9. Population Growth

Population growth is the grass-root cause of air pollution. More people means more vehicles, more amenities, more industrial products, more agricultural practices. Delhi saw a stark population increase from 2011 to 2019. The population went from 16.7 million in 2011 to 20 million in 2019.


10. Not Enough Public Transportation

Even though Delhi boasts of managing the world’s biggest fleet of buses under it, this system needs to be bigger and better. Because as the public transport will be better and cheaper, then only there will be less vehicular emissions. Even though Delhi is 14 times bigger than Paris, Paris’s metro line is double the length of Delhi's.


11. Lack of Active monitoring
Earlier also, active monitoring wasn’t done which led to a sudden realization after years that pollutant levels in the air have shooted. Active monitoring could have helped know the rising patterns of the air pollution so that it could be curbed at its initial days.


12. Badarpur Thermal Power Plant
Badarpur Thermal Power Plant has been one of the major contributors to air pollution in Delhi in the past. But in 2015, it was seen that even though its share in electricity supply in Delhi was approximately 8 percent,but its share in the total number of particulate matters in Delhi was 80-90%.It was shut down in 2015 as a measure to reduce the number of air pollutants in the air.


History of Delhi Pollution: How has it been through the years?


1980s: The Start: Delhi started seeing a rise in the pollution levels in the 80’s where the emergence of vehicles started taking a toll on the air and stubble burning started in the states of Punjab and Haryana. At that time, riots were also on a high after Indira Gandhi got assassinated and banning burning of crops seemed like an anti-religion rule so all the state governments avoided rolling it out and thus the pollution started rising.

1996: The situation of the city worsened to which the Supreme Court ordered the Delhi Government to submit a plan on how they plan on reducing the rising Delhi air pollution.

1998: Increase in Diesel run vehicles peaked the amount of PM2.5 particles in the air.

2000: There was an enormous increase in a lot of pollution causing activities like construction, industrial manufacturing and vehicular emissions. From the 2000 to 2010, the level of PM10 particles in air went from moderate to poor levels. Vehicles also increased in the capital city of India with an annual growth rate of 10.75%.

2004: The National Air Quality Index was introduced seeing the air pollution scenario. Under the NAQI, air was categorized into six levels. good, satisfactory, moderate, poor, very poor and severe/hazardous to differentiate how polluted the air was.

2016: In October 2016, Delhi underwent a major smog episode, one of its first in line of the other that came through. Air Quality Index. As the Diwali season set in, the PM2.5 level in Delhi city reached approximately 750 μg/m3 to the horror of everyone. The AQI levels reached close to 13 times more than the permissible amount. This awoke Delhi and its officials and the government bodies to the devastating effects of air pollution. The whole city got covered with smog.

2017 - The Great Smog of Delhi:

The incident known as the great smog has been the most devastating phase Delhi had to go through in terms of air pollution. The PM2.5 and PM 10 levels, whose healthy limits are 60-100 μg/m3 rose to 999 μg/m3 which was the highest level the sensors could calculate.

The same year in November 2017, on the second day of a test match between Sri-Lanka and India 2 players started vomiting due to the humongous amount of smog and pollutants in the air.

2019 November: A public health emergency was declared due to the smog and air pollution and holidays were announced till November 5.

What are the effects of Delhi Air Pollution?


1. Health Problems

In Delhi, poor air quality has damaged the lungs of half of the children in Delhi, according to WHO. As PM2.5 is such a small particle it can easily enter one’s lungs and erode one’s respiratory wellness.Increased risks of cancer, epilepsy and diabetes has also been seen among the children.


PM2.5 and PM10 particles are the main causes of reduced lung capacity. This in turn leads to sore throat, cough, asthma, allergies and lung cancer. Excessive CO2 in the air leads to headache, fatigue and loss of productivity. The number of non-smokers in Delhi who suffered from lung cancer shot up from 10 percent to 50 percent in a decade, all due to the increased pollutants in the air that people have to breathe.


2. Smog in the air

Smog is exactly what the name might suggest, it is the mixture of smoke and fog. Excessive pollution in air causes smog and Delhi has had its fair share of smog over the years. Delhi observed the great smog in November 2017 which engulfed the whole city in it.


3. Environment change

The environment is constantly degrading with the increasing air pollution. The main effect of Delhi pollution in the environment is the depletion of the ozone layer in the atmosphere due to which the UV rays from the Sun can directly enter the earth. The emission from industries is also a big cause for the global warming that is leading the glaciers to melt at a really fast pace.


4. Economy

Thousands of crores have been spent by the Central Government and the Punjab and Haryana Government to stop the stubble burning and help with better ways to dispose of the waste. Delhi Government has also been getting Green funds to fight the Air Pollution and curb it.


Measures taken Up By the Government to control Delhi Pollution

1988: As advised by Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), the Court made a ruling that the buses in the city change from using Diesel to CNG.

2010: BS-IV based vehicles were said to be mandatory.

2014: Air Quality Index was launched by the Union Environment Ministry.

2016: Arvind Kejriwal’s Promises

  • ● Delhi Schools to be shut while AQI levels are at hazardous levels.
  • ● Construction and demolition work stopped for 5 days.
  • ● Diesel generators asked to be shut for 10 days
  • ● The Environment department was asked to make an applicationto monitor burning of the leaves in the city.
  • ● Vacuum cleaning of roads will be done
  • ● Water sprinkling will start at areas with high PM 10 levels
  • ● People will be advised to stay at home
  • ● Faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles will be done
  • ● Vehicles that are older than 15 years will be fined
  • ● Smog towers will be installed at hot spots
  • ● By 2021, Delhi metro will be powered 100% by solar energy.

2017: The ‘Odd-Even’ rule was imposed. Parking fees were imposed and increased but due to no proper system, this scheme failed. Crackers were banned.

2018: 9 population hotspots were selected in the city and Anand Vihar was selected as the hot spot for pollution.

2020: A 10 member air pollution team was made. Their work was to examine the complaints from Green Delhi Mobile Application and then work towards solving them.

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How bad is the infamous Delhi Pollution

The residents of the capital city of India have to bear the brunt of the annual winter pollution. The air quality drops to such a level that the city is compared to a gas chamber! Delhi starts witnessing high levels of air pollution in late October and the contamination worsens until the end of the year. Many parts of the city experience pollution levels as high as 150 times the stipulated levels recommended by the World Health Organisation.


As a result of these events, the pollution levels are lesser in summers as compared to winters, provided the spatial and meteorological remain the same. You can observe a similar effect during winter afternoons. The increase in heat levels down pollution slightly.The early mornings and the nights are the worst. The impact of inversion is visibly evident, which is why the air quality plummets during these hours.


Why does Delhi air quality index deteriorate in winters?

Atmospheric inversion occurs in winters. The normal conditions reverse themselves, and air near the lower atmosphere is cooler and denser. The relatively warmer air of the upper layers, hence, acts as an atmospheric lid. This lid entraps the pollutants within the cold layer and evades their atmospheric dispersion. Therefore, the vertical mixing occurs in the lower layer itself.At constant emission rates and concentration of pollutants, the lesser the temperature, the more is the pollution.


As a result of these events, the pollution levels are lesser in summers as compared to winters, provided the spatial and meteorological remains the same. You can observe a similar effect during winter afternoons. The increase in heat levels down pollution slightly.The early mornings and the nights are the worst. The impact of inversion is visibly evident, which is why the air quality plummets during these hours.


However, one of the worst incidents happened during an international cricket test match between India and Sri Lanka in December 2017. The match was stopped because many Sri Lankan players became sick. Several players experienced breathing problems and vomited. The Indian Medical Association expressed their concern over the unfortunate incident and insisted ICC to adopt a policy on pollution.

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