New Delhi: The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi indicates an improvement in air quality in 2020 as compared to 2019, said the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change on Monday.
The reply by the ministry came after members of Lok Sabha Saugata Roy and Bharatiben Dhirubhai Shyal asked whether pollution has increased in Delhi and adjoining areas in November 2021 and whether the government has examined the cause.
“Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi indicates an improvement in air quality from the year 2019 to 2020, as number of days in ‘Good’, ‘Satisfactory’, ‘Moderate’ category have increased in the year 2020 as compared to 2019. Air Quality Index of Delhi is placed at Annexure-I,” the ministry said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
“The major sources of air pollution in Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas which aggravate during the winter due to unfavourable meteorological conditions include industrial pollution, vehicular pollution, dust from construction and demolition activities, road and open areas dust, biomass burning, stubble burning, municipal solid waste burning, fires in sanitary landfills, etc,” the ministry added.