According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall air quality index (AQI) in the city on New Year's Day was 393, which falls under 'very poor' category, while the SAFAR recorded an AQI of 402, which falls under the 'severe' category.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data on Monday showed that the city recorded an overall AQI of 417, while the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) recorded an AQI of 418, both come under the 'severe' category.
India is today the world's second most-polluted country, trailing only Nepal, it said and pointed out that loss of life expectancy was the highest in Asia, exceeding six years in many parts of India and China.
When contacted, Nishant Tyagi, head of corporate communications for Prateek Builders, however, said, “We can assure that none of the construction work being undertaken is adding to pollution... rest of our process has been halted.”
PM 10 level increases to double that of Thursday; the average Air Quality Index worst at the Kaimbwala monitoring station. Only rain, which is expected on Saturday, can clear the haze, said officials of the Chandigarh Meteorological department