The air quality index for a third consecutive day has remained in the red zones in several areas in Delhi. Today, according to aqicn.org, the air quality in Delhi is 505 reflecting a gravely hazardous quality of air. The current PM 2.5 concentration in the capital is 408. The safe limit is 60 micrograms per cubic metre.
These numbers come amidst Diwali festivities all around the city. Fear looms large as a violation of the ban on crackers may result in a health emergency. Meanwhile, Delhi police are on strict watch to crack down on the sale and use of crackers.
As gathered by the Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality in various stations of Delhi is well beyond 300. Some of them are Sirifort 358, Jawaharlal Nehru Station very poor, Nehru Nagar DPCC 409, Okhla phase 2 372 and Anand Vihar 381.
According to experts, the air quality may likely become further degrade on Diwali night triggered by the burning of crackers on the 4th night and would remain the same until the 5th of November.