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North India pollution LIVE updates: Day after Diwali, air quality plummets to ‘hazardous’ in Delhi

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North India pollution LIVE: Thick haze, smog engulfs Delhi as Diwali celebrations continue long after SC deadline

North India pollution LIVE updates: Haze and smog visible in Delhi on Thursday morning. (Express Photo)

The air quality on Thursday morning deteriorated to ‘hazardous’ in Delhi NCR, with Anand Vihar recording 999 AQI, Chanakyapuri at 459, and areas around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium at 999. This comes despite the guidelines by the Supreme Court as Delhiites continued to burst firecrackers long after the deadline set by the Apex Court, leading to a “very poor” air quality.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality was recorded at 302 at 11 pm, which fell in the ‘very poor’ category.

The air quality started deteriorating rapidly from 7 pm. The AQI was 281 at 7 pm. It rose to 291 at 8 pm and further deteriorated to 294 at 9 pm and 296 at 10 pm, according to the CPCB.

A “very poor” AQI essentially means that people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on a prolonged exposure to such air. If the air quality dips further, the AQI will turn “severe”, which may trouble even those with sound health conditions and seriously affect those with ailments.

As many as 209 calls were received by the Delhi Fire Services on Diwali, including one related to a huge fire in a factory at Bawana, officials said. Of these, 89 calls were related to fire incidents at garbage and dump yards, while the rest were related to fire incidents involving electric wires, at factories and residential areas, a senior Delhi Fire Services officer was quoted as saying by PTI.

Expressing concern over the poor air quality, the Supreme Court had restricted bursting of firecrackers to between 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali and other festivals. The apex court had ordered that only “green crackers”, which have a low light and sound emission and less harmful chemicals, can be sold in NCR.

Thick smog was witnessed in South Block Thursday morning as air quality in Delhi suffered drastically after Diwali night.

Several areas showed a spike in air pollution. Areas like Anand Vihar, ITO and Jahangirpuri recorded very high pollution levels. Violations of the Supreme Court order were reported from Mayur Vihar Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Lutyens Delhi, IP extension, Dwarka, Noida Sector 78 among other places. The police admitted that there were violations, adding that they would take serious legal action against those violating the apex court order.

The air quality went from bad to worse as there were several violations of the deadline set by the Supreme Court on bursting crackers.

Delhi witnessed thick haze and smog after Wednesday Diwali night as qir quality took a severe hit. (Express Photo)

On Thursday morning, several areas showed a spike in the air pollution. Areas like Anand Vihar, ITO and Jahangirpuri recorded very high pollution levels. Violations of the Supreme Court order were reported from Mayur Vihar Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Lutyens Delhi, IP extension, Dwarka, Noida Sector 78 among other places. According to the data by CPCB, the air quality was recorded at 302 at 11 pm, which fell in the ‘very poor’ category. The air quality started deteriorating rapidly from 7 pm. The AQI was 281 at 7 pm. It rose to 291 at 8 pm and further deteriorated to 294 at 9 pm and 296 at 10 pm, according to the CPCB.

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