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It also said that only less polluting firecrackers could be made and sold.

He said the police had appealed to the people before Diwali to adhere to the apex court's 8-to-10 pm time frame for bursting crackers, adding as soon as the violators are verified, their names will be added in the FIR.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 999 in Delhi's Anand Vihar and around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, and at 459 in the Chanakyapuri area around the USA embassy - all under the "Hazardous" category, ANI reported.

In 2016, Diwali festivities raised pollution levels to their highest in almost two decades - forcing the closure of schools and other emergency measures. The air quality level is recorded in six categories - good, satisfactory, moderate, poor, very poor and severe.




Meanwhile, Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain met with ministry officials on Friday and held discussions on the deteriorating air quality in the national capital which slipped to the "severe plus emergency" category after Diwali. The day after Diwali, November 8, however, saw a higher concentration of PM 2.5, at 127 µg/m3, and PM 10, at 195.3µg/m3, which fall in the "very poor" and "poor" category respectively. So those people who did use crackers last night, would have used the old high emission ones, flouting the court order. Last month the World Health Organization said exposure to toxic air indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the age of 15 each year worldwide. Sharma wondered how people failed to understand the repercussions of their actions.

Reports filtering in the morning after India's most regulated Diwali in recent memory say the Supreme Court's orders were ignored in several places, here are the cities with the worst air according to the Central Pollution Control Board's Air Quality Index. The dystopian scenario was replicated elsewhere. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the AQI was 283 making it "poor". A thick layer of haze and toxic smog enveloped the entire city, drastically reducing the visibility to the bare minimum.

Anand Vihar was among the areas in Delhi where the AQI was recorded at an alarming 999 this morning. "The sharp spike in pollution is only because of the firecrackers". Terming the WBPCB a "toothless tiger", environmentalist Subhas Dutta said the authorities should have been more careful in preventing illegal fireworks and crackers coming from the districts and flooding the city markets. The desert state of Rajasthan faced a similar situation.


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