#RightToBreathe: Capital chokes post Diwali

Credits: Indian Express

The people of Delhi woke upto a thick blanket of smog post Diwali as the air quality index reached a hazardous level.

A day after Diwali the Air Quality Index was recorded at 458 at 8:30 am in the capital, putting it under the ‘severe’ category according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

Despite the entire city being under the thick cover of smog, certain areas’ air quality index was above 450, immediately marking the areas with severe or hazardous air quality. The areas affected the most are Anand Vihar (AQI: 999), Lodhi Road (AQI: 500), Chanakyapuri (AQI: 459) and the area around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium (AQI: 999).

The visibility around the Akshardham Temple and Raisina Hill was severely affected.

According to the data provided by Delhi Pollution Control Committee, barring two areas in the city all the others have an AQI above 400, marking the air as severe.

The thick smog cover made it difficult for the citizens to step out of the house.

Despite the permission for only green crackers by the Supreme Court, the city witnessed  bursting of normal crackers as well adding to the misery of the city.

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