Air pollution turns severe after millions defied firecracker ban on Diwali
New Delhi: As the order of NGT regarding firecracker ban was defied by millions in the city, the pollution levels soared in Delhi and neighbouring areas a day after Diwali. The air quality deteriorated to a ‘severe’ category on Sunday.
The average Air Quality Index was recorded at 468 at 8 am on Sunday in Delhi. As per doctors, the exposure to high levels of PM 2.5 can affect the health of people with respiratory ailments. It can also worsen the blood pressure.
PM 2.5 levels were above 400 in almost all the areas in the national capital. On the night of Diwali, the AQI for PM 2.5 pollutant was recorded above 800 in most areas in the city.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had totally banned the sale and burning of firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) from November 9 midnight till November 30.
However, there is a forecast of light rain in the city because of the influence of a western influence. Though it is not yet clear whether it will be enough to wash away the pollutants.