Delhi's air quality to remain 'severe' till Saturday: SAFAR

Delhi's air quality to remain 'severe' till Saturday: SAFAR

"However, air quality is recovering from the afternoon and is likely to touch "very poor" range by night provided no additional local emissions are added anymore", it said in its report earlier Thursday. Delhi needs an "air quality manager" who has a clearly defined power.

A municipal worker with her daughter leaves after sweeping the India Gate area as a thick lawyer of pollution haze hangs a day after Diwali festival, in New Delhi, India, on November 8, 2018.

A thick haze engulfed Delhi on Thursday as it recorded its worst air quality of the year the morning after Diwali, with the pollution level entering "severe-plus emergency" category or ten times the permissible limit due to rampant bursting of firecrackers in gross violation of a Supreme Court order, authorities said.

A "severe plus emergency" AQI essentially means that even healthy people could suffer from respiratory illnesses like asthma on prolonged exposure. On Friday, the AQI was recorded in the severe category at 426.

The Supreme Court had allowed bursting of firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm only on Diwali and other festivals.

Although Punjab's air quality went from "moderate" on Diwali day to "poor" by night, it has shown an improvement compared to Diwali night past year when it was reported under "very poor" category.

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All the readings showed a significant increase compared to the previous week.

Jalandhar topped the chart of having most polluted air in Punjab with 294 (poor) AQI on Diwali night till the time as Ludhiana, which had topped the chart with very poor AQI last Diwali, Diwali night AQI data was not available till November 8 evening.

In certain places, firecrackers were burnt before and after the set time frame, despite the Supreme Court's order.

Several areas in Delhi including Anand Vihar, ITO and Jahangirpuri have recorded the highest level of pollutants in the air and the Delhi government is planning to mull the odd-even rule back in the national capital.

The court had asked police to ensure that banned fireworks were not sold and said in case of any violation the commanding officer of the police station concerned would be held personally liable and it would amount to committing contempt of the court. The US Embassy in the Delhi - which according to the World Health Organization is the most polluted city on Earth - said its readings touched 526.

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