New Delhi: The Delhi air quality had dropped to this season’s worst ahead of Diwali. The Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city is now ‘very poor’, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.
The overall AQI of Delhi was 303 on Tuesday, bringing it into the ‘very poor’ category for the first time.
The previous high this season was 298, which was in the ‘poor’ category, on October 17.
It was 306 in Faridabad, 334 in Ghaziabad and 303 in Noida.
A major contribution to Delhi air quality is stubble burning in farms. However, this time that has remained low so far because of heavy rainfall in October.
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had on September 28 ordered a complete ban on sale and bursting of firecrackers in the city till January 1, 2022. This would include Diwali and New Year festivities.
Two days ago, the Haryana government announced a complete ban on sale and use of firecrackers in 14 districts near Delhi. Only green crackers will be allowed in the rest of the districts.
The Supreme Court has banned bursting of crackers containing Barium salts.
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