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Air quality drops to ‘severe’ in Delhi after Diwali

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Air quality dropped to “severe” at various locations in the national capital on Saturday night due to a combination of stubble burning and firecracker popping during Diwali celebrations in violation of a Diwali ban.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) for the pollutant PM 2.5 stood at 481 in Anand Vihar, 444 in the IGI airport area, 457 in ITO and 414 in the Lodhi Road area, all four in the ‘severe’ category. , at 11 pm on Saturday. according to data from Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

A thick layer of smog was seen in various places in the national capital as the Diwali celebrations came to a close on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the air quality was 460 in Anand Vihar, 382 in the IGI airport area, 415 in ITO and 322 in Lodhi Road for the pollutant PM 10.

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This occurs when many firecrackers go off in violation of the total ban on the sale and explosion of firecrackers in the national capital by the Delhi government and the National Green Court.

The sale and setting off of firecrackers were also wholly or partially banned in several other states or Union territories, including West Bengal and Telangana, to avoid worsening air quality and the risk of aggravating the Covid-19 pandemic.

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