Delhi Diwali Celebration: In violation of the ban on bursting of crackers in the national capital, Delhiites burst firecrackers in several areas on the night of Diwali. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had said last week that bursting crackers on Diwali in Delhi could attract a jail term of up to six months and a fine of Rs 200. Despite the rules being made to prevent people from bursting firecrackers, people started fireworks in many areas of the city including South to North East and North West Delhi as soon as evening. At some places, loud crackers were also burst.
The festival of Diwali was celebrated across the country on Monday (October 24). The bursting of firecrackers on this day is an old tradition, but city officials had said that the decision to ban fireworks was taken due to environmental and health concerns. Delhi’s air quality slipped into the ‘very poor’ category on Monday amid increasing incidents of stubble burning and unfavorable weather conditions.
Air quality could get worse
However, the 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) stood at 312, which is the second-best AQI in seven years on Diwali. Earlier in 2018, the AQI was recorded at 281 on Diwali. Experts feared that the air quality could worsen if more crackers were burst again this year. The Air Quality System and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) had earlier predicted that if crackers are burst this time as in the previous year, the air quality may reach ‘severe’ level on Diwali night and another The day can remain in the ‘red’ zone.
people burst fireworks
However, despite the ban, people started fireworks in different areas of the city from 6 pm onwards. In the East of Kailash, Nehru Place, Moolchand and other areas of South Delhi, the sounds of bursting of firecrackers were heard from the evening itself. Despite widespread publicity on bursting of firecrackers, many people also burst fireworks in Burari. The situation remained the same in many areas including Laxmi Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Shahdara, Yamuna Vihar in East and North East Delhi.
loud crackers were burst
Some residents said that this time the sound of firecrackers is less than last year. Loud firecrackers have been allegedly burst in Munirka, South West Delhi. At the same time, 408 teams were formed to implement the ban on bursting of crackers in Delhi. Delhi Police constituted 210 teams under the leadership of Assistant Commissioners of Police. At the same time, the Revenue Department constituted 165 teams and the Delhi Pollution Control Board 33 teams.
Fireworks also took place in Gurugram and Faridabad
People also burst firecrackers in the cities of Gurugram and Faridabad adjoining Delhi in neighboring Haryana. In Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, the AQI was 301, Noida 303, Greater Noida 270, Gurugram 325 and Faridabad 256. AQI between zero and 50 is ‘good’, 51 to 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 to 200 ‘moderate’, 200 to 300 ‘poor’, 301 to 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 to 500 ‘severe’ ‘ is considered.
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