Pollution levels in the national capital Delhi shot up a day after Diwali

New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality dips to ‘very poor’ a day after Diwali.The air quality in Delhi and Noida deteriorated to the “very poor” level after Diwali celebration. The overall air quality index stood at 306 and 356 in Delhi and Noida. In Gurugram, the air quality index fell to 279 (poor) after Diwali celebrations.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the Indira Gandhi International Airport area recorded an air quality index value of 389 at 7 am, close to the “severe” category. Delhi’s air quality slipped to the “poor” category for the first time this season on October 10.

With Delhi’s air quality plummeting to dangerous levels around Diwali every year, the Supreme Court in 2018 banned polluting firecrackers. It had ordered that only green firecrackers, which is said to cause 30 per cent less pollution, can be manufactured and sold. But the green firecrackers have failed to draw good response both from sellers and buyers, primarily due to lack of variety, limited stock and high prices.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, SAFAR, the highest impact of firecracker emissions is expected early today from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.