DELHI’S AIR QUALITY ‘VERY POOR’ AFTER DIWALI CELEBRATIONS

Despite the blanket ban on firecrackers in New Delhi, several incidents of bursting crackers have been reported in parts of the national capital contributing to the alarming fall in air quality in the city. Residents and media described the air as ‘cement coloured’ with smog veiling the nearest vision. The air quality inched towards ‘severe’ by evening in the city, warning the residents. Experts have indicated that the state of the air might further deteriorate if the remaining crackers and left overs are burned in the subsequent days. 

 

According to the System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR), the air quality in the state at 8 am on Thursday stood at 341, a rise from 314 on the previous night. The day’s average in the capital on Thursday was 382, surpassing the week’s average. 382 denotes that the air quality is ‘very poor’, close to ‘severe’ which is from 401-500. The increase in fog in the capital reduced visibility to the Indira Gandhi International Airport and the Safdarjung airport at a range of upto 800 meters. 

 

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