Monitoring stations have recorded this month’s highest level surface-level ozone, seen a spike in respirable pollutants, and found that air quality across the national capital is ‘very poor’. According to SAFAR {System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research}, the eight-hour average of ozone touched 80 parts per billion, almost breaching the moderate category.

The monitoring stations of the Central Pollution Control Board, located in East Arjun Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, RK Puram and Shadipur, listed ozone as being the most prominent pollutant, at around 8 PM.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee’s RK Puram monitoring station had PM 2.5 and PM 10 at an alarming 293 and 941 micrograms per cubic metre, as against their safe limits of 60 and 100 respectively!

In a statement, TERI said the 24-hourly concentrations of both the fine pollutants violated the safe limits at most stations across NCR.

Yikes.

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