Diwali fireworks push air pollution to ‘severe’ level in India’s capital

Diwali fireworks push air pollution to ‘severe’ level in India’s capital

However, reports have claimed that Delhi is not the most polluted city in the country.

A high level of tiny particulate matter can lodge deep into the lungs and cause major health problems. This is almost double the pollution levels of a year ago post Diwali, when the AQI was around 367.

Delhi's pollution level post-Diwali almost doubled in comparison to a year ago and entered the "severe-plus emergency" category (ten times permissible limit) as people burst firecrackers before and after the Supreme Court stipulated time frame of 8 pm to 10 pm. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) reported a 24-hr average PM2.5 level at 450 microgram/m3 at 5 PM on Thursday for Delhi. Delhi needs an "air quality manager" who has a clearly defined power.

"If Kejriwal government is so serious over effects of cracker bursting on air quality, would it announce a ban on it", he questioned. "However, air quality is recovering from the afternoon and is likely to touch "very poor" range by night provided no additional local emissions are added anymore", it said in its report earlier Thursday.

Two federal government pollution indices showed air at "very poor" and "severe" levels, indicating that prolonged exposure could lead to respiratory illnesses.

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The Supreme Court sought to regulate urban India's toxic air pollution crisis by setting two hour windows for bursting crackers this Diwali.

While other cities across north India recorded AQI scores of between 300 and 350, the air was significantly better in central and southern cities - with with the air in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, deemed "satisfactory" with a AQI score of only 64.

The court had asked the police to ensure that banned firecrackers were not sold and said in case of any violation, the station house officer (SHO) of the police station concerned would be held personally liable and it would amount to committing contempt of court.

However, violations were reported from across Delhi, including areas like Anand Vihar, ITO, Jahangirpuri Mayur Vihar Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Lutyens Delhi, IP Extension and Dwarka.

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