Air quality deteriorates in Delhi, flight operations are affected
NEW DELHI: As the air quality worsened, the severe category mark broke down in the national capital on Sunday morning, flight operations were affected at the Delhi airport.
Due to the low visibility, flight operations at the Delhi airport are affected. All pilots who comply with CAT-II can operate. Passengers are requested to contact the corresponding airline for updated flight information. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, tweeted the Indira Gandhi International Airport. .
Update issued at 1130 hours: due to low visibility, flight operations at the Delhi airport are affected. All CAT-II communications ... https://t.co/tDyDUpbdTr - Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) 1572762841000
The visibility at the Delhi airport was reduced to 300 m, since in the national capital it touched 625.
Early in the day, mild showers did not improve the rate of sick air quality that has remained in the severe/severe category more since yesterday.
Notably, for the first time this season, the Air Quality Index reached 625 at 10 am despite drizzles in the early hours.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 severe. Above 500 is the most severe emergency category.
In Dhirpur, the AQI was 509, while in the area of the University of Delhi it was 591. In the famous Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, the AQI was recorded at 432, while in Lodhi Road it was 537.
In addition to the capital, Ghaziabad and Noida, in Uttar Pradesh, are also reeling under the wave of severe air pollution. In both places, the AQI has crossed the 600 mark.
People residing in these areas complained of eye irritation and suffocation due to deterioration of air quality.