5 year data shows AQI shoot up to Toxic levels with each Diwali

On Friday, Delhi was seen with a thick blanket of smog in the air and an agonizing AQI of 617.

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New Delhi: Several areas in the nation’s capital reported violations as people burst crackers on the occasion of Diwali, despite Supreme Court orders and several appeals by the Arvind Kejriwal government.

On Friday, Delhi was seen with a thick blanket of smog in the air and an agonizing AQI of 617. People from various parts of the city complained of watery eyes and an itchy throat.

5 Year AQI data

2017: AQI 391

2018: AQI 642

2019: AQI 306

2020: AQI 414

2021: AQI 386

In a study conducted by the scientists Dhananjay Ghei and Renuka Sane in 2012-17, it was revealed that Diwali leads to “a small but statistically significant rise in air pollution” in the capital.

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