Air Quality Index: News

Delhi weather claims 1st life: Bihar man dies of heatstroke

A 40-year-old man from Darbhanga, Bihar died of heatstroke at Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia hospital on Wednesday—the first heatstroke related death in the national capital this summer.

19 Mar 2024


Delhi is world's most polluted capital city again

Delhi was once again identified as the capital city with the poorest air quality, according to a new report by World Air Quality Report 2023 published by Swiss organization IQ Air.

15 Jan 2024


Delhi: Dense fog triggers travel chaos, over 150 flights delayed

The cold wave over Delhi and the adjoining National Capital Region (NCR) continued on Monday.

14 Jan 2024


Delhi's air quality deteriorates to 'severe,' anti-pollution restrictions reimposed

The air quality in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) has once again deteriorated, forcing the return of strict pollution-curbing measures.

26 Dec 2023


Delhi: 30 flights delayed, 5 diverted amid fog, low visibility

At least 30 flights, including international ones, were delayed and five were diverted in Delhi on Tuesday as the national capital remained enveloped in thick fog for the third day.

02 Dec 2023


Delhi: 18 flights diverted due to smog, bad weather

A total of 18 flights were diverted due to smog and bad weather on Saturday morning at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi.

27 Nov 2023


Delhi air pollution: Here's what is worsening air quality

After showing a slight improvement over the past week, Delhi's air quality on Monday again nosedived, as thick smog covered the national capital.

23 Nov 2023


Delhi's AQI expected to improve, GRAP III in place

Delhi's Environment Minister, Gopal Rai, said on Thursday that the city's air quality, as per experts, will improve within the next two to three days.

21 Nov 2023


Delhi's air quality 'very poor,' deteriorates in NCR areas

Delhi's air quality remained in the "very poor" category on Tuesday, as the city experienced dense toxic smog.

20 Nov 2023


Schools, colleges reopen as Delhi air quality remains 'very poor'

All schools and colleges in Delhi resumed physical or offline classes on Monday as the air quality index (AQI) improved slightly to remain in the "very poor" category.

17 Nov 2023


Delhi's air quality still in 'severe' category, AQI at 404

Delhiites woke up to a thick layer of smog covering the national capital's skies again as the air quality on Friday morning remained in the "severe" category.

15 Nov 2023


Smog engulfs Delhi, air quality remains 'severe' days after Diwali

Delhi's air quality index (AQI) remained in the "severe" category on Wednesday for the second consecutive day.

14 Nov 2023

Gopal Rai

Delhi pollution: AAP blames 'patakas, parali' for deterioration, BJP reacts 

As Delhi's air quality turned "severe" on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) engaged in a blame game with Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government over the worsening air pollution levels.

14 Nov 2023


Delhi air quality worsens to 'severe' category days after Diwali

Just two days after Diwali, Delhi's air quality index (AQI) has once again plunged into the "severe" category, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

13 Nov 2023


Delhi's AQI worsens post-Diwali, air quality in 'poor' category

A thick smog reappeared over Delhi and the nearby National Capital Region (NCR), with the national capital recording "poor" air quality on Monday morning, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

12 Nov 2023


Delhi: Amid 'poor' air quality, government issues 2nd pre-Diwali advisory

The Delhi government released a pre-Diwali advisory on Sunday, providing general guidelines, including "dos and don'ts," for people to follow during the festivities.

12 Nov 2023


Diwali: Delhi's air quality remains 'poor,' Ayodhya lights 22L diyas

Amid Diwali celebrations, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) cautioned that Delhi's air quality may worsen during and after the festivities.

11 Nov 2023


Delhi's air quality 'poor' despite rain, DU advances winter break

Delhi's air quality remained in the "poor" range despite some relief from rain on Friday, per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

10 Nov 2023

Air Pollution

How to safeguard your eyes amidst rising AQI

Coping with Delhi-NCR's pervasive air pollution is a key challenge. Amid the numerous health issues induced by polluted air, eye health emerges as a primary concern.

10 Nov 2023

Delhi Government

Odd-even reduced fuel consumption, road congestion: Delhi government tells SC

The Delhi government has submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court defending the odd-even scheme, in which it cited independent studies indicating that the policy serves as an effective emergency measure against air pollution.

09 Nov 2023


Delhi air pollution: How to keep your pets safe

Delhi's skyline is currently hidden under a thick blanket of smog owing to a distressing level of air pollution.

09 Nov 2023


Cloud seeding: A technique Delhi may adopt to improve AQI

Amidst the alarming concerns regarding Delhi's rising air pollution, the Delhi government is likely to consider a proposal to practice cloud seeding to improve the city's air quality index (AQI).

09 Nov 2023


Delhi-NCR remains under smog blanket, AQI in 'severe' category

The national capital remained under a blanket of toxic smog, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) classifying Delhi's air quality in the "severe" category on Thursday morning.

08 Nov 2023


Delhi bans entry of app-based cabs registered in other states

The Delhi government placed a ban on app-based taxis registered in other states from entering the city on Wednesday.

08 Nov 2023


Delhi pollution: Early winter break for schools from November 9-18

Amid severe air pollution in Delhi, the government has announced an early winter break for schools from November 9 to 18.

08 Nov 2023

Gopal Rai

Delhi AQI in 'severe' category again, government calls emergency meeting

Delhi's air quality deteriorated on Wednesday again, as the overall air quality index (AQI) reached 421 at 7:00am, marking a return to the "severe" category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

07 Nov 2023


Delhi's air quality improves slightly but remains toxic 

Delhi continues to remain engulfed in toxic air even as its air quality index (AQI) saw a slight improvement on Tuesday.

'Schemes like odd-even mere optics': SC on Delhi's air pollution

The Supreme Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the Delhi government over the deteriorating air pollution, saying the national capital cannot go through such grievous issues every year.

06 Nov 2023


Delhi pollution: High-level meeting today as AQI turns 'severe plus'

A thick layer of smog continued to engulf Delhi as the air quality in the national capital remained in the "severe plus" category on Monday for the second day.

05 Nov 2023


Delhi air pollution: Centre's panel invokes Stage 4 of GRAP

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has activated Stage 4 of the GRAP throughout Delhi-NCR with immediate effect, in addition to all actions under Stages 1, 2, and 3, to prevent further degradation of air quality.

05 Nov 2023

Bhagwant Mann

Punjab: Officer enforcing anti-pollution rules made to burn stubble

A group of farmers in Punjab's Bathinda allegedly forced a Public Works Department (PWD) officer to burn stubble after defying prohibitory orders against crop residue burning.

05 Nov 2023

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi AQI in 'severe' category, schools shut till November 10

Delhi Education Minister Atishi on Sunday announced primary schools in the national capital will remain closed until Friday (November 10) as a precautionary measure amid the deteriorating air quality index (AQI) levels.

04 Nov 2023

Gopal Rai

Delhi's air turns toxic, environment minister blames UP vehicles

Delhi's air quality turned hazardous on Saturday, with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 457 recorded at 10:00am, per Swiss-based IQAir.

03 Nov 2023

Gopal Rai

Can't control Delhi's air pollution, where's union minister: Gopal Rai

As Delhi's air quality deteriorated severely, Delhi's Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government cannot control the air pollution completely.

03 Nov 2023

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi air pollution: AQI turns 'severe'; schools shut, curbs imposed

Delhiites woke up to a smoggy Friday morning as the city's Air Quality Index (AQI) dropped to 460 at 7:00am, the worst so far this year.

30 Oct 2023

Gopal Rai

Delhi bans entry of diesel buses from other states

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday said that diesel buses from other states would be barred from entering the national capital starting Wednesday (November 1).

28 Oct 2023


Delhi-NCR's air quality might worsen as stubble burning begins

Delhi saw a decline in air quality on Saturday, with the average air quality index (AQI) reaching 303, placing it in the "very poor" category.

25 Oct 2023


Delhi, Mumbai face worst pollution in years for October: Reports

India's two major metro cities, Delhi and Mumbai, reportedly witnessed the "worst levels" of air pollution in years in the month of October.

24 Oct 2023


Delhi's AQI improves but might backslide amid festival, harvest

Delhi's air quality index (AQI) has reportedly improved to the "poor" category after two consecutive days of hovering in the "very poor" bracket.

23 Oct 2023

Gopal Rai

Delhi: 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' replaces odd-even anti-pollution rule 

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday said the "Red Light On, Gaadi Off" initiative would be relaunched on Thursday, as the national capital's air quality index (AQI) has dropped to "very poor."

23 Oct 2023


GRAP Stage 2 implemented amid Delhi's 'very poor' air quality

Delhi's air quality index (AQI) deteriorated to the "very poor" category, reportedly touching 306 on Monday.

22 Oct 2023


Google Discover gets air quality index card on Android, iOS

Google is now showcasing the air quality index (AQI) in its Discover feed on Android and iOS devices, offering users real-time data on the air quality in their immediate vicinity.

18 Oct 2023


Mumbai's air quality worse than Delhi for the first time

The air quality in Mumbai, Maharashtra, has reportedly seen a significant drop, with the air quality index (AQI) reaching 170 on Wednesday, surpassing Delhi's AQI of 160, per IQAir's real-time data.

07 Oct 2023


Delhi AQI crosses 300, thanks to farm fires, temperature drop

Delhi's air quality took a nosedive on Saturday, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) crossing 300 in some places for the first time in the season, per News18.

06 Oct 2023

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi's AQI may touch 'poor' category by Saturday: Report

Delhi's Air Quality Index (AQI) is reportedly once again edging closer to the "poor" category and might trigger stage one of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) by the weekend.

28 Sep 2023

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi-NCR residents worried as diesel generator ban to kick in

The upcoming ban on diesel generators (DG) in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), set to take effect from October 1, has left residents and apartment representatives worried about the financial and logistical challenges.

11 Sep 2023

Gopal Rai

'With lights, lamps': Delhi government bans firecrackers this Diwali too 

The Delhi government on Monday said that the ban on the production, sale, storage, and use of firecrackers will continue in the national capital region this Diwali, too.

Weather update: IMD issues heatwave alert in Delhi for today

A heatwave alert has been issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas for Monday.

IMD predicts light rain in Delhi, dust storms to continue 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday predicted the ongoing dust storms in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR), Rajasthan, Haryana, and West Uttar Pradesh, would continue till Thursday.

Delhi's minimum temperature expected to drop again: Here's why

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Delhi would receive light rainfall on January 29, which is also set to bring cloudy skies for the next four to five days.

22 Jan 2023


Smog blankets Delhi amid 'poor' air quality; AQI at 245

Residents of Delhi woke up to a misty morning on Sunday, with the national capital reporting a minimum temperature of eight degrees Celsius.

10 Jan 2023

Delhi Government

Delhi bans BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel cars: Here's why

The Delhi government has banned BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel cars from plying in the national capital due to worsening air pollution.

09 Jan 2023


Cold wave: Dense fog engulfs North India, rail movement disrupted

There seems to be no respite from the biting cold for North Indian plains as "very dense fog" covered the region, while the air quality in Delhi worsened on Monday.

07 Jan 2023


Pollution spikes to emergency levels in Delhi-NCR

Delhiites are once again breathing toxic air, with the national capital's Air Quality Index (AQI) dropping into the severe category.

06 Jan 2023


Cold wave grips Delhi, temperature dips to 1.8 degrees Celsius

Delhiites woke up to a foggy and chilly morning on Friday as the cold wave in North India tightened its grip further.

05 Jan 2023

Cold Wave

Delhi witnesses coldest night of season at 3 degrees Celsius

While cold wave conditions continue to prevail over northwest India, Delhi on Thursday recorded the season's coldest morning.

Cold wave to grip northwest India for next 4-5 days

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday, cold wave and dense foggy conditions are back in Delhi again after a short respite during New Year as chilly winds from the Himalayas blow over the plains.

03 Jan 2023

Cold Wave

Northwest India in cold wave's clutches, meteorological department issues alert

Cold wave and dense fog conditions are likely to prevail over the plains of north India, especially the northwestern region, for the next five days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said while issuing an alert on Monday.

30 Dec 2022


Delhi: Construction, industrial operations banned as AQI likely to worsen

Forecasting a spike in air pollution, the Central government's air quality panel invoked Stage 3 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP)—a phased set of emergency anti-pollution measures—in Delhi.

27 Dec 2022


Cold wave: Dense fog across Delhi, North India; temperatures dip

Dense fog prevailed in Delhi, reducing visibility to as low as 50m as a cold wave continued to sweep North India.

12 Dec 2022


Cyclone Mandous: Unseasonal rains in Maharashtra, Mumbai sees poor AQI

Several areas in Maharashtra experienced unseasonal showers on Monday as the mercury dipped below the normal mark.

08 Dec 2022


Pollution alert! Mumbai's air quality becomes worse than Delhi

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Mumbai dropped to 315 on Thursday morning, which is regarded as "very poor" air quality for breathing.

03 Dec 2022


Delhi wakes up to hazy morning with 'very poor' AQI

Delhiites woke up to a chilly morning as the national capital reported a minimum temperature of 8.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

27 Nov 2022


Smog blanket covers Delhi as air quality remains 'very poor'

Delhi on Sunday witnessed smog as the air quality index (AQI) remained in the "very poor" category for the second consecutive day.

17 Nov 2022


Delhi's air quality improves, Noida reels under 'very poor' AQI

Following weeks of hazardous air quality in Delhi, the capital city recorded a significant improvement on Tuesday with the Air Quality Index (AQI) at 221 (poor) against 309 (very poor) on Monday.

15 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi air pollution: AQI improves from 'very poor' to 'poor'

In what can be described as a slight relief for Delhiites, the air quality in the national capital has improved to "poor" from the "very poor" category.

09 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Primary schools reopen as Delhi remains under thick smog blanket

Delhi's air quality again deteriorated on Wednesday as Delhiites woke up to a thick smog-covered morning with people gasping for fresh air.

07 Nov 2022


Delhi: Primary schools to reopen on Wednesday as AQI improves

The government of Delhi on Monday decided to reopen primary schools across the national capital from Wednesday (November 9).

07 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi AQI improves slightly, decision on reopening schools, offices today

In a marginal respite from air pollution, Delhiites witnessed slight improvement, with the air quality index (AQI) declining to 326 in the "very poor" category at 7:00 am on Monday.