The Environment Ministry recently announced that Delhi, the capital city of India, witnessed a significant improvement in air quality during the first half of 2023. The city experienced the highest number of “good to moderate” air quality days in the past eight years, except for the year affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the ministry, this positive change can be attributed to favorable meteorological conditions and the continuous efforts made at the ground level to prevent, control, and mitigate air pollution in the region.
As of June 30, the average air quality in Delhi falls within the “Moderate” category, with an Air Quality Index (AQI) below 200. The ministry highlighted the combined efforts of the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) and various stakeholders in achieving better air quality. The collaboration, along with favorable weather conditions, played a crucial role in the improved air quality during the first half of the year.
This positive trend indicates a significant reduction in air pollutants, including lower levels of harmful particulate matter such as PM2.5 and PM10, as well as other emissions.
The air quality commission, as stated by the ministry, emphasizes the importance of sustaining this progress and continuing efforts to achieve better air quality in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) in the future. The commission is actively working with relevant stakeholders to implement effective measures for preventing, controlling, and reducing air pollution to enhance the overall air quality in the region.
Moreover, Delhi has witnessed the lowest number of “Poor to Severe” air quality days in 2023 compared to the same period in the previous seven years, excluding 2020 due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The number of such days has progressively decreased from 147 in 2016 to 80 in the current year.
The statement further highlights that Delhi has recorded the lowest average AQI during the current year (January to June) compared to the corresponding period in the previous seven years, starting from 2016 (excluding 2020).
While this improvement in air quality is encouraging, sustaining and further enhancing it remains a crucial objective. The collective efforts of the government, air quality management authorities, and citizens will be vital in ensuring Delhi’s air remains clean and healthy for its residents.