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The Morning After Diwali, This is How Your City Fared on the Air Quality Report Card

A thick haze engulfed the national capital and adjoining regions on Thursday morning as Delhiites continued to burst firecrackers on Diwali long after the deadline set by the Supreme Court.

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Updated:November 8, 2018, 12:52 PM IST
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The Morning After Diwali, This is How Your City Fared on the Air Quality Report Card
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The festival of lights is over and the post-Diwali weather report card is worrying, to say the least.

Last month, the Supreme Court came under fire after it instructed the citizens to adhere by the 2-hour time window (8pm-10pm) for bursting crackers in order to curb the air pollution.

Despite the apex court order, there were reports of its violation from many areas long after 10 pm. Around 650 miscreants were arrested in Tamil Nadu and as many as 2100 cases were registered for bursting crackers outside the ordered time. The areas in Delhi where the violations were recorded included Mayur Vihar Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Lutyens' Delhi, IP extension, Dwarka and Noida Sector 78.

As a result, the air quality, that goes for a toss around this time, every year, was observed ranging from "very poor" to "severe" especially in the areas up North, as the citizens once again were left gasping for breath the morning after the festivities.

Central Pollution Control Board that monitors the Air Quality Index has released the AQI score for Indian cities a day after Diwali and here's how your city fared.

Note: AQI index assigns an air quality score out of a maximum of 500. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe". Above 500 is "severe-plus emergency" category.

AQI

#1 Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh:

Uttar Pradesh topped the chart for the poorest air quality in the entire of India. The monitoring station at Talkatora District Industries Center recorded an Air Quality Index score of 442. Lalbagh and Nishant Ganj weren't far behind and the hazardous air in the area was recorded at 429 and 420 respectively. Moradabad recorded 401, while the air quality was "very poor" in Noida at 388.

Report: Severe to Very Poor.
Possible health impacts: Affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

#2 Patna, Bihar:

The sun was neither shining nor the weather was sweet in Bihar's Patna which also breached the 400 mark. The monitoring station at IGSC Planetarium Complex recorded an Air Quality Index score of 423. While the Muzaffarpur Collectorate fared 380/500.

Report: Severe to Very Poor.
Possible health impacts: Affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

#3 Delhi, New Delhi:

Delhi was under severe scrutiny after top court's order. Still, it fared awfully on the Air Quality Index. The monitoring station at Shadipur breached the 400 mark and recorded 402 on the scale.

Nehru Nagar recorded 385 on Thursday morning while Jahangirpuri was at 381.

Report: Severe to Very Poor.
Possible health impacts: Affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

#4 Howrah, West Bengal:

Far from the Northern region, West Bengal, unfortunately too observed "severe" levels of air quality. Howrah's centre at Padmapukur gave an AQI score of 380.

While Kolkata was at 370.

Report: Severe to Very Poor.
Possible health impacts: Affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

#5 Best air quality:

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati recorded the best air quality in India with an AQI of 48. While Maharashtra's Chandrapur came second with 63 and Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram was "satisfactory" with 65.

Report: Satisfactory
Possible health impacts: Minor breathing discomfort to sensitive people.

Here are a few photographs shared by netizens on microblogging site Twitter.
















You can find the AQI for your city here.
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