Delhi and Noida were left reeling under very poor pollution levels after Diwali celebrations which saw people bursting crackers to mark the occasion. Post-Diwali air in Delhi plunged to very poor category on 28th October, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). Mumbai recorded its “cleanest Diwali air” in five years even as Delhi saw a spike in air pollution. Quoting information released by the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), a report said that the air quality index (AQI) in Mumbai on 27th for PM 2.5 (particulate matter which can settle in the lungs and cause health ailments) was 30 (good) in the daytime, which then became 87 (satisfactory) by 27th evening.
“Cyclone Kyarr has managed to keep air pollution levels to its lowest for the west coast, and of the four cities where SAFAR records air quality, Pune followed by Mumbai were the cleanest, while ‘moderate’ pollution was witnessed in Ahmedabad, and ‘very poor’ levels in Delhi during Diwali,” Gufran Beig, project director of SAFAR, was quoted as saying by the report. On 27th october, ear-deafening booms, toxic smoke from firecrackers filled the Delhi air as the overall air quality index crossed the “severe” mark at many places. People reported violation of the two-hour window in Malviya Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Kailash Hills, Burari, Jangpura, Shahdara, Laxmi Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Sarita Vihar, Hari Ngar, New Friends Colony, Dwarka among others places.