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Delhi’s air quality deteriorates after people burst crackers in response to 9pm 9 minutes call

7/04/2020 at 7:24 PM

New Delhi, April 7: Aa day after Delhi residents bursted firecrackers to ‘challenge the darkness’ as a sign of participation in PM Narendra Modi’s call for switching off lights and lighting diyas and lamps to fight against coronavirus crisis, the air pollution in the national capital and its surroundings spiked drastically on Monday,

The Prime Minister had called for a 9-minute candlelight vigil in a bid to dispel the darkness spread by the coronavirus pandemic but instead of lighting candles, people resorted to bursting firecrackers.

As per the the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, the air quality index (AQI) which was earlier in the ‘good’ category due to complete lockdown in the country including Delhi, now the AQI stands in the ‘satisfactory’ category at 87 due to the pollution caused by bursting of firecrackers.

Chandni Chowk, IIT Delhi and Mathura Road recorded the air in the ‘moderate’ category with the AQI value standing at 95, 103 and 153, respectively.

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