Delhi’s Diwali Cracker Ban Goes Up In Smoke, Air Quality Dips

Delhi's Cracker Diwali ban rises in smoke, air quality drops

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) stands at 326 as of 6 am today,

New Delhi:

Delhi’s air quality turned ‘very poor’ this morning as people in some parts of the national capital set off firecrackers on Diwali night despite the ban.

Firecrackers roaring throughout the night Diwali violated the permissible decibel limit, causing the air to become unhealthy. People started setting off firecrackers at dusk, and as the night went on, the intensity of the fireworks increased.

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 323 as of 6am today, a day after Diwali. In neighboring Gurugram, Noida and Faridabad as well, air quality fell to ‘very poor’ levels.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe” “.

The Delhi government has banned the production, possession, sale and lighting of firecrackers on this Diwali holiday after considering the environmental concerns and health risks associated with it. A total of 408 teams have been formed to implement the ban in the national capital. The government said those caught violating the ban would be fined and jailed for six months.

Last week, the Supreme Court refused to lift the ban on fireworks in Delhi citing pollution.

“How can we allow firecrackers even if they are blue biscuits? Have you seen the pollution of Delhi?” The Supreme Court said it had rejected BJP MP Manoj Tiwari’s plea against the Delhi government’s order.

The AAP government also banned the sale and use of firecrackers during Diwali last year due to concerns about alarming levels of air pollution.

Aside from firecrackers, air pollution in Delhi during the Diwali period was worsened by stubble burning – a controversial practice – in neighboring states such as Haryana and Punjab.


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