There was a slight improvement in the national capital’s air quality on Monday night, however, it continued to remain in the “poor” category, but experts said it might deteriorate in the coming days due to the toxic air coming out of a fire at Bhalswa landfill site.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 272 in the evening. The sharp increase in the air pollution level came a day after firecrackers were burst on Dussehra, even as authorities appealed to have eco-friendly celebrations.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
However, a fire has been raging at the Bhalswa landfill site here since October 20. Three fire tenders were working to douse the blaze, which was finally "almost" brought under control by 7:30 pm on Monday, a Delhi Fire Service official said, according to a Business Standard report.