The morning after Diwali, Delhi woke up to a thick smog with the air quality being termed 'hazardous'.
Despite Supreme Court putting a cap on bursting crackers, residents flouted it. As per the order, only green crackers were supposed to be burnt from 8-10 PM, but crackers were lit well past that.
The Delhi Fire Services received 209 calls on Diwali.
Order in smoke
Supreme Court order violated in several areas, people burst crackers
Areas like Anand Vihar, ITO and Jahangirpuri recorded very high pollution levels. From Mayur Vihar Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Lutyens Delhi, IP extension, Dwarka, and Noida Sector 78, violations of the order were reported.
The order also underlined that SHO in areas, where crackers were sold, will be held responsible for contempt of court.
The police admitted there were violations and promised strict action.
Air quality index
Starting from 7 PM, AQI only got worse
The areas surrounding Delhi weren't better either. In areas like Gurugram, Noida, and Ghaziabad, crackers were burst as usual raising concerns about the efficiency of administration.
The air quality started deteriorating at 7 PM, where AQI was recorded at 281.
At 8 PM, the AQI became 291, it went to 294 at 9 PM and reached 296 at 10 PM.
PM 2.5 and PM 10 rose exponentially after 8 PM
Indicators showed air quality oscillate between 'poor' and 'very poor'. PM 2.5 and PM 10, which enter the bloodstream through the respiratory system, rose after 8 PM. SAFAR forecast pollution levels would peak between 11 AM to 3 AM on Wednesday and Thursday.