Good job, Delhi.
In the long standing banter between Delhi and Mumbai over which is the better city, Delhi seems to have taken the lead – at least in terms of air pollution. Although our capital has a bad name for being one of the most polluted cities in the world, it seems like things have changed since the past two months. According to a study by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Delhi has witnessed cleaner air than Mumbai in the past two weeks.
If you were feeling a little too blue last Monday in Mumbai even if you didn’t have to go to work, it was because the air quality index (AQI) was 312. On the other hand, Holi was way chiller in Delhi with AQI of 105. So, if we had to out a number on how much better Delhi was than Mumbai on Holi, it would be thrice as much. Delhi also had 40% ‘satisfactory’ air quality days while Mumbai had just 13%.
With PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles hitting 999 micrograms per cubic meter, way past the 100 micrograms limit, Delhi had no other option but to step up their clean air game. It’s a much needed improvement for Delhi, especially after the unacceptable breach of air pollution limits post Diwali celebrations last year. Here’s hoping other cities take a lesson from the Capital.