A day after Diwali, the air quality of Delhi’s fell to ‘hazardous’ level on Friday. The air quality witnessed a severe dip across several parts of the country.
In 2014, the National Air Quality Index (AQI) was launched by the Government of India under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The city’s air quality index continued it’s an upward trend which was 382 at 4 pm and entered the severe zone at around 8 pm as low temperature and wind speed allowed the accumulation of pollutants. According to NDTV, the situation was even worse on Friday morning, PM 2.5 concentration was 999 at the city’s Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.
On Thursday, the neighboring cities also witnessed a severe dip in the air quality with Faridabad (424), Ghaziabad (442), Gurgaon (423) and Noida (431) due to cracker bursting peaking after 9 pm.
An Air Quality Index between zero and 50 is considered as ‘good’, 51 to 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 to 200 ‘moderate’, 201 to 300 ‘poor’, 301 to 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 to 500 is ‘severe’.
To create awareness against the bursting of crackers, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had launched the ‘Patakhe Nahi Diye Jalao’ campaign on October 27. Under this campaign, action will taken under relevant provisions of IPC and the Explosives Act against anyone found bursting crackers.
Over 13,000 kg of illegal firecrackers have been seized and 33 people are arrested till now under the anti-cracker campaign, according to the government.