New Delhi, Oct 28: Citizens defied the Supreme Court-enforced two-hour limit for bursting crackers on Diwali, thereby resulting in increasing the pollution level of air as the air quality in the national capital turned “hazardous” on Monday morning.
At 7am, Delhi’s overall air quality index stood at 506, according to government’s air quality monitor, SAFAR. Earlier, around 4am, the AQI touched 999. On the other hand, Kolkata’s air quality was “moderate” on Kali Puja, while AQI in Mumbai’s Bandra was 132 at 7 am.
There was however some respite for residents of Mumbai and Kolkata as the AQI in the cites was under 200.
The AQI between the range of 51 to 100 is considered as satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 falls under the category of poor. While 300-400 is considered as ‘very poor’, levels between 401-500 fall under the ‘hazardous category’.
Areas including Indira Gandhi International Airport (terminal 3), Mathura Road also recorded from ‘very poor’ to poor air quality. Neighbouring areas such as Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Gurugram in Haryana also recorded ‘poor’ AQIs. Noida recorded an AQI of 347, while it was 314 in Gurugram in the ‘poor’ category’.
The major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 reached 348 and 276, respectively, in the Lodhi Road area, according to the Central Pollution Control Board data.
With the rise in pollution, residents of Delhi have complained of breathing uneasiness and allergic problems.
With the stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, the Delhi air pollution situation has gotten Delhi worse.
Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) has said that the stubble burning has increased this year.