Delhi, November 9: The air quality in Delhi continues to deteriorate, the AQI at Anand Vihar is at 585, the area around US Embassy at 467 and RK Puram at 343 under the Hazardous category. A day after Diwali, the city plunged into thick smog as many in the city didn't follow the Supreme Court ruling. Delhi Air Pollution: Model of White Lungs Erected to Indicate Air Quality Turns Grey Within Two Days of Diwali, View Pics!
Delhi registered the worst air quality of the year, as people defied the SC ruling. Major pollutant PM2.5 and PM10 are at above 500 in several areas of Delhi, bringing air pollution level to 'Hazardous' category. According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, PM2.5 and PM10 are at 500 in Lodhi Road area. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers a PM 2.5 density below 25 micrograms to be safe.
The air quality reached to 'Hazardous' level in Punjabi Bagh, Anand Vihar, Sonia Vihar, Mandir Marg, RK Puram, DITE Okhla, Mundka, Narela, New Delhi and Dwarka besides other areas.
The Supreme Court had allowed bursting of firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm only on Diwali and other festivals. It had also allowed the manufacture and sale of only "green crackers", which have a low light and sound emission and less harmful chemicals.