SC orders openly flouted in Delhi, pollution levels at alarming high day after Diwali

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The Hush Post | 8:39 am| three-minute-read

A day after Diwali, the national capital, Delhi is reeling under severe pollution. At about 11:00 pm, the air quality of Delhi fell into the “dangerous” category.

Anand Vihar was among the areas in Delhi where the air quality index (AQI) was recorded at an astounding 999.

As per a report, the AQI around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium touched 999 (the maximum level for the monitors to register) while the US Embassy in Chanakyapuri was at 459, all falling under the “hazardous” category.

Despite the Supreme Court restrictions and the two-hour time to burst only “green crackers”, the national capital apparently didn’t adhere to the 10 pm deadline and continued to light polluting firecrackers till late.

The overall AQI was recorded at 302 at 11 pm. This falls in the very poor category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The air quality began to deteriorate from 7 pm on Diwali evening. The AQI rose from 281 at 7 pm to 291 an hour later and by 10 pm, it was 296, said the CPCB.

AQI levels

0 to 50  —    good

51 to 100 –   satisfactory

101 to 200 –Moderate

201 to 300 – poor

301 to 400 — very poor

401 and above — severe

In the neighbouring areas of Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram also the SC orders were openly flouted

The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations indicated “poor” and “very poor” air quality as the volume of ultra-fine particulates PM2.5 and PM10, which enter the respiratory system and reach the bloodstream, sharply rose from around 8 pm.

The apex court had directed the police to ensure that banned firecrackers were not sold. In case of violation, the station house officer (SHO) of the area would be held responsible.

However, violations were reported from across Delhi, including areas like Anand Vihar, ITO, Jahangirpuri Mayur Vihar Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Lutyens Delhi, IP Extension and Dwarka.

The situation was similar in the neighbouring areas of Delhi such as Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad. In the neighbourhood of Delhi, crackers were burst as usual, raising question marks on the efficacy of the administration.

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