A thick layer of smog engulfed Delhi after people burst crackers on Diwali night, despite the government’s ‘Diya Jalao, Patakhe nahi’ campaign and the Supreme Court’s order on firecrackers. The overall air quality in the national capital as of 6 am stood ‘poor’ with AQI at 286, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) data. Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi had imposed a complete ban on firecrackers.
As per SAFAR data, areas like Delhi University, IIT Delhi, and Airport (T3), witnessed ‘very poor’ category air with AQI at 313, 317, and 308 respectively. Areas like Dhirpur, Lodhi road, Pusa, Noida, Gurugram, and Ayanagar, recorded ‘poor’ category air with AQI at 297, 249, 297, and 290 respectively.