After people burst fire crackers on the occasion of Diwali on Thursday night, Delhi, the national capital, on Friday, woke up to breathe ‘hazardous’ air. 

The concentrations of pollution meter (PM) 2.5 stood at 655.07 at Janpath in New Delhi on Friday morning. 

Many people in the national capital complained of experiencing breathing problems, itchy throat and watery eyes. 

Fire crackers in huge quantity were burst by people in Delhi on Thursday night on the occasion of Diwali, despite the ban on bursting fire crackers were imposed by the Delhi government. 

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The air quality in Delhi already was already witnessing severe degradation due to farm fires in neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. 

With people bursting fire crackers in the national capital, making mockery of the ban imposed by the Delhi government, the air quality degraded futher. 

According to the centre-run system of air quality and weather forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the air quality in Delhi is unlikely to improve until Sunday evening. 

“The overall air quality of Delhi is plunged into the upper end of very poor category…It will continue to fall now and may enter at the edge of the ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ category by tonight…,” SAFAR informed. 

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“If firecrackers are burned even 50 per cent of last year, then PM2.5 will enter ‘severe’ category by midnight and shoot up rapidly by today early morning with AQI even crossing 500+,” it added. 


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