Air quality in Delhi ‘very poor’ after Diwali

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The air quality in Delhi dipped to ‘very poor’ category on Monday morning, a day after Diwali celebrations which saw people bursting crackers to mark the occasion.

The overall air quality index in Delhi and Noida stood at 306 and 356 respectively, sources said.

The dip in air quality is said to break all the previous records as people in several places at Delhi reported violation of the Supreme Court two-hour limit for bursting crackers on Diwali.

Moreover, the residents of Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad burst fireworks much beyond the timeframe.

With Delhi’s air quality dropping to dangerous levels near Diwali every year, the Supreme Court had last year banned polluting firecrackers and ordered that only green firecrackers can be manufactured and sold.

Due to various reasons – lack of limited stock, high prices and not so good response from buyer and seller for green pyrotechnics, people this year too bought the conventional firecrackers and used them.