Even as the national capital continued its battle with toxic air, several instances of firecracker bursting, before and after the time limit fixed by the apex court, were observed in Delhi-NCR during New Year celebrations.
The Center-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) yesterday warned that any new trigger, particularly due to "open fire and pyrotechnic display (firecrackers)" will worsen the air-quality.
SAFAR had warned bursting of firecrackers would deteriorate air-quality further
SAFAR warned that firecrackers bursting will make the air heavier and thicker which may lead to rapid deterioration in air quality to the severe-plus range.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had also written to Delhi police, and district magistrates of Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon ahead of Christmas and New Year's eve to ensure that the SC order in this regard is followed strictly.
Several instances observed, however number of violations committed not available
Despite the warnings by the authorities, several instances of violations of the apex court order were observed, officials said, adding the number of violations committed was, however, not available immediately.
The Supreme Court had said on Christmas and the New Year's eve, green firecrackers would be allowed to be burst between 11.55 pm and 12.30 am, since these celebrations start midnight.
Delhi's battle with poor air quality started in October
Delhi has been battling alarming pollution levels since October, and in the last 10 days, the national capital witnessed long spells of severe air quality, which continued to plague the city on New Year's Eve and on the first day of January.