Cracker Sale Ban – Air Quality Improves Marginally
The pollution level in Delhi spiked after the Diwali night but it was relatively low as compared to the last three years. This could be the result of Supreme Court’s ban on sale of crackers in the National Capital Region (NCR).
However, the dream of celebrating a cracker-free Diwali couldn’t be achieved as many Delhiites didn’t pay heed to the worsening air quality in the capital and surroundings.
The data released by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) and the Central Pollution Control Board indicated that the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 319 after the festival of lights.
The AQI for the current year falls under the very poor category but it is still better than the last two years. It was 343 and 431 in 2015 & 2016, respectively.