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Delhi air quality dips to ‘hazardous’ levels a day after Diwali; smog engulfs national capital

Just a day after Diwali, the national capital sees an intense dip in air quality. The thick layer of smog engulfs the city yet again.

According to ANI reports, the pollution meter 2.5 levels showed 655.07 in the Janpath area and 821 in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yesterday. The AQI (Air Quality Index) went up to a whopping 952 in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today.

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The average AQI of Delhi was 382 on Thursday that was more than Wednesday (313), Tuesday (202) and Monday (281).

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It further reached dangerous levels of 996 at the Siri Fort of Delhi. The weather monitoring agency Skymet stated that the air quality is ‘hazardous’.

The fog also intensified at Delhi – NCR with a visibility range of 200-500 m at the two airports, IGI Palam and Safdarjung in the morning.

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The air quality index reached its peak in regions like Faridabad (999), Noida (999), Gurugram (792).

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Experts are stating that the deteriorating condition of the air quality is due to firecrackers, calm winds, low temperature and slow-burning.

Delhiites continued to burst firecrackers even after the centre and the state had imposed a ban on the sale of firecrackers.

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Even after bans and warnings for firecrackers, people across India continued to burst crackers in zest. The goal to reach net-zero emission promised by PM Modi by 2070 in the COP26 summit seems like a farfetched dream with the way the festive season is going on.

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