Delhi Air Pollution Levels Takes a Beating After Diwali Night

India: Capital city Delhi was all covered in thick smog on Wednesday night deteriorating the air quality level to “very poor” following unrestricted cracker use on Diwali night.

Every year Delhi faces severe elevation in pollution levels on the night of Diwali, which is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout the country. One of the major and favorite parts of the festival is bursting crackers. However, this practice comes at the cost of deteriorating air quality throughout the day of the festival.

The problem with elevated air pollution levels on the day of Diwali was recently brought to the attention of the apex court in the country. Following which severe restrictions on the timings of bursting crackers and type of crackers to be used on the day of the festival. However, these restrictions seemed to be of very little help as a huge portion of the population happily ignored it.

On Wednesday night around 3 am the air quality index was recorded at 302, the level which falls under “very poor” category.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality in Delhi started to deteriorate at a rapid pace starting at around 7 pm. AQI was at 281 by 7 pm and went on to reach its peak by 3 am which recorded 302.

A 10-day “Clean Air” Campaign was launched by the Delhi government recently in order to normalize the air quality levels.

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