Delhi-NCR air quality back to 'hazardous' category

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The air quality in Delhi-NCR, which had plummeted to the risky "severe" category, improved slightly on Thursday, but it still remained "very poor".

Play was halted between 12:32 pm to 12:49 pm on Sunday after which the umpires and match referee David Boon convinced the Sri Lankans to continue. According to scientists and meteorologists, high relative humidity and low wind speed spiked pollution levels in the city.

According to data from CPCB's air lab, mixing height, which was 527 metres in the last week of November, has dropped to 309 while wind speed has come down from 2.1 metres/second to 1 metre/sec.

On Wednesday, Chembur had the cleanest air in the city with AQI levels for PM2.5 at 22, while Navi Mumbai had the most polluted air with an AQI of 71. Four UP cities figured in the "very poor" air quality category of CPCB on Wednesday. The "severe" category starts from an AQI of 401 and above.

The concentration of particulate matter was well below the safe limit prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board. The rest was in the "very poor" zone.

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After a week of "moderate" air quality, the pollutant measuring indicator - air quality index (AQI) - fell to 43.

An AQI level between 0-50 is good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor.

Lucknow was 88 units above Delhi in pollution levels.

November witnesses extremely high levels of pollution as smoke from paddy residue burning reaches the city, aggravating the situation.

Air Quality Index has turned worse in many parts of Delhi with the readings in Anand Vihar turning severe.

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