The air quality in Delhi and its suburbs deteriorated again overnight after a marginal improvement a day ago with forecasts suggesting that a major relief is unlikely in the coming days. The city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 338 at 8 am on Monday which rose to 348 at 4 pm, deteriorating from 301 at 4 pm and 290 at 7 am on Sunday. Meanwhile, all government-aided and private schools in Delhi reopened on Monday after an early winter break with restrictions under Stage IV of Graded Response Actions Plan (GRAP) revoked following some improvement in the city’s air quality.
Outdoor sports activities and morning assemblies have not been permitted in schools for the next one week.
The 24-hour average AQI, recorded at 4 pm every day, was 319 on Saturday, 405 on Friday and 419 on Thursday. Neighbouring Ghaziabad (306), Gurugram (239), Greater Noida (288), Noida (308) and Faridabad (320) also recorded a dip in air quality.