Almost 50 Lakh Kg of Firecrackers Burst This Diwali in Delhi

Almost 50 Lakh Kg of Firecrackers Burst This Diwali in Delhi

Twenty eight areas in Delhi recorded "severe" air quality, while four areas recorded "very poor" air quality, according to the data of the CPCB.

Reacting to the report by Urban Emissions, Ritwick Dutta, environmental lawyer, said the violation is not unexpected.

Air pollution continues to worsen in New Delhi especially during winter months. "We passed on the calls to the concerned police districts", said a senior police officer.

The overall air quality index was recorded at 296 at 10pm after the Supreme Court deadline to burst crackers came to an end.

Delhi Police said it seized over 1,300 kg of firecrackers during overnight operation on Diwali across the city following tip off, arrested over 50 people and registered more than 25 cases. Dutta, however, corroborated Rudra's statement saying the high air quality index was not exclusively due to bursting of firecrackers, but due to present weather conditions as well.

Ambient air quality in what the World Health Organisation has said is the world's most polluted major city touched 595 on Thursday morning, according to the U.S. embassy in Delhi which independently monitors pollution levels. Zones like ITO, Anand Vihar, and Jahangirpuri recorded high contamination levels. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) sprinkled water on trees in the area around Delhi University's North Campus.

NEW DELHI-Pollution in the Indian capital New Delhi hit "severe" heights on Thursday after hundreds of revelers in the city let off fireworks long into the night to mark the major Hindu festival of Diwali.

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Patna, Bihar: The monitoring station at the planetarium complex in Bihar's capital city read 416 - also categorised as severe - on the morning after Diwali.

The air quality began to deteriorate from 7 pm on Diwali evening.

The US Consulate's air quality index on Thursday showed PM 2.5 count as "very unhealthy" at 211 AQL - meaning everyone may experience serious health effects. This air will seriously affect those with ailments, according to the advisory issued by SAFAR.

KSPCB Chairman Lakshman said the dip in pollution levels from previous year signify growing awareness of green Diwali celebrations.

These indices measure the concentration of tiny poisonous particulate matter.

For a second year, New Delhi's chief minister has likened the city to a "gas chamber".

Last month the World Health Organization said exposure to toxic air indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the age of 15 each year.

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