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Delhi Pollution: City Shrouded in Smog! Air Quality in severe After Diwali Firecracker Defiance

Examine Delhi's Diwali aftermath as the city struggles with "severe" air quality, only two days after residents disobeyed the Supreme Court's ban on firecrackers.

Delhi Pollution: Tuesday, two days after locals disregarded the Supreme Court‘s Diwali firecracker ban, Delhi awoke to “severe” air quality. The Central Pollution Control Board (CCB) said that most regions of the nation’s capital had an air quality index (AQI) in the “severe” category due to toxic smog. A few of the locations where the AQI was recorded at 6 am were Bawana at 434, Dwarka Sector 8 at 404, ITO at 430, Mundka at 418, Narela at 418, Okhla at 402, and Rohini and RK Puram at 417.

SAFAR Data Analysis

Additionally, according to SAFAR data, the national capital’s air quality on Tuesday morning was classified as “severe.” An AQI of 0–50 is regarded as “good,” 51–100 as “satisfactory,” 101–200 as “moderate,” 201–300 as “poor,” 301–400 as “very poor,” 401–450 as “severe,” and 450 and above as “severe plus.” The CPCB reported that the national capital’s total AQI on Monday was 358, placing it in the “very poor” category. The national capital region (NCR) cities of Noida and Gurugram, which are adjacent to Delhi, had similar conditions, with average AQI values of 363 and 349, respectively.

97 Firecracker Cases Filed Despite Supreme Court Ban

Despite the Supreme Court’s broad prohibition, the Delhi Police on Monday filed up to 97 cases related to the popping of firecrackers during the Diwali celebrations. The majority of cases—29 and 28, respectively—were reported in East Delhi and the southwest region of the city. In Delhi’s outer northern regions and in Rohini, no cases were filed. In response to rising pollution levels in Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) raised parking prices at places under its control. The measure will be in effect immediately and last until January 31, 2024.

NDMC Doubles Off-Road and On-Road Parking Costs

The parking costs for both off-road and on-road parking have been raised by the NDMC to double their former amounts. The NDMC is responsible for up to 91 parking spots, of which it directly manages 41 and outsources the other forty-one. The NDMC is in charge of parking management in busy, well-known locations such the region between Rajpath and AIIMS, Sarojini Nagar Market, Khan Market, and INA, among others.

BJP and AAP Clash Over Delhi’s Air Quality

Following Diwali, Delhi’s air quality declined, which led to a spat between the BJP and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). AAP leader and Dehi Environment Minister Gopal Rai accused the BJP of failing to “fulfil its responsibility” of following the Supreme Court’s prohibition on firecrackers. . “It is unfortunate. BJP wanted firecrackers to be burnt and the police is with BJP in all three states (Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh),” he said on the city’s pollution levels. In response, Delhi BJP Vice-President Kapil Mishra praised the citizens of Delhi for defying the prohibition, referring to their actions as “voices of resistance, freedom, and democracy.”

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