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Air quality levels in cities drop after Diwali

October 29, 2019

Diwali has gotten over. But the effects of celebrating the festival are here to stay for long. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the air quality of national capital New Delhi and nearby Noida and Gurugram has fallen to extremely poor levels by Monday morning. These places are the ones that have been affected by the most in India. The toxic air in most of the cities after Diwali celebrations is expected to bring harmful effects including asthma and cancer.

Air pollution in Delhi hits 17 times the healthy limit despite all efforts, India's capital again covered in toxic haze after a night of Diwali fireworks-Rahul Kanwal, Journalist.

The air has become extremely toxic after bursting of firecrackers. Even though Supreme Court of India had clearly stated that only green crackers can be burst, sale of regular crackers were at its peak during the festival season. "If other cities in India can have clean air, after & before Diwali, THEN WHY CAN'T PEOPLE OF DELHI GET TO BREATHE IN THAT AIR? Why the hell our Govts aren't doing enough?", tweeted political analyst Gaurav Pandhi.

In Delhi, Chandni Chowk, Delhi University campus, Lodhi Road area and other major residential areas were highly polluted by Monday early morning. The air quality of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata have also come down to poor levels after Diwali celebrations.

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