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Delhi-NCR Covered In Smog Post Diwali - See Pictures

India | News18 | October 20, 2017, 9:14 am
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 Delhiites woke up to smoke-filled air on Friday (October 20) as all hopes of cracker-free festivities in Delhi and NCR were dashed despite the Supreme Court ban on the sale of firecrackers. (Image: News18)

Delhiites woke up to smoke-filled air on Friday (October 20) as all hopes of cracker-free festivities in Delhi and NCR were dashed despite the Supreme Court ban on the sale of firecrackers. (Image: News18)

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 The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations in the city glowed red, indicating a 'very poor' air quality. (Image: Pradip Pradhan)

The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations in the city glowed red, indicating a 'very poor' air quality. (Image: Pradip Pradhan)

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 The volume of ultra-fine particulates PM2.5 and PM10, which enter the respiratory system and manage to reach the bloodstream, had risen sharply after 7 pm as a quiet and promising evening gave way to noise and thick haze on Diwali night. (Image: News18)

The volume of ultra-fine particulates PM2.5 and PM10, which enter the respiratory system and manage to reach the bloodstream, had risen sharply after 7 pm as a quiet and promising evening gave way to noise and thick haze on Diwali night. (Image: News18)

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 4) The Delhi Pollution Control Committee's (DPCC) RK Puram monitoring station recorded PM2.5 and PM10 at 878 and 1,179 micrograms per cubic metre at around 11 pm. (Image: News18)

4) The Delhi Pollution Control Committee's (DPCC) RK Puram monitoring station recorded PM2.5 and PM10 at 878 and 1,179 micrograms per cubic metre at around 11 pm. (Image: News18)

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 Data, however, shows that despite the high pollution, this Diwali was far better than last year. The 24-hour-average of the previous Diwali's Air Quality Index (AQI) was 445, putting Delhi in the 'severe' category. The AQI average of the day before last year’s Diwali was 431. (Image: Nasib Singh)

Data, however, shows that despite the high pollution, this Diwali was far better than last year. The 24-hour-average of the previous Diwali's Air Quality Index (AQI) was 445, putting Delhi in the 'severe' category. The AQI average of the day before last year’s Diwali was 431. (Image: Nasib Singh)

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 Though the 24-hour-average of this Diwali is not yet out, live AQI updates of the Central Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee put Delhi in the 'very poor' category, a step below 'severe'. (Image: Nasib Singh)

Though the 24-hour-average of this Diwali is not yet out, live AQI updates of the Central Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee put Delhi in the 'very poor' category, a step below 'severe'. (Image: Nasib Singh)

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 Early morning levels in Delhi were at 320, which climbed to 345 by 10 am. RK Puram in south Delhi stood at 311, while Punjabi Bagh was in the 'poor' category at 243. Central locations such as Lodhi Road were at 383. (Image: News18)

Early morning levels in Delhi were at 320, which climbed to 345 by 10 am. RK Puram in south Delhi stood at 311, while Punjabi Bagh was in the 'poor' category at 243. Central locations such as Lodhi Road were at 383. (Image: News18)

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 However, Anand Vihar, Delhi's worse polluted area, was in a severe category, with an AQI of 405. Shadipur followed with 403. The AQI average of the day before Diwali this year was 319. (Image: Nasib Singh)

However, Anand Vihar, Delhi's worse polluted area, was in a severe category, with an AQI of 405. Shadipur followed with 403. The AQI average of the day before Diwali this year was 319. (Image: Nasib Singh)

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 The situation was similar, if not worse, in the neighbouring regions of Delhi such as Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad, where crackers were burst as usual, and raising question marks on the efficacy of the administration in enforcing the apex court's ban. (Image: News18)

The situation was similar, if not worse, in the neighbouring regions of Delhi such as Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad, where crackers were burst as usual, and raising question marks on the efficacy of the administration in enforcing the apex court's ban. (Image: News18)

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 However, the SAFAR has also predicted a relatively cleaner post-Diwali air due to favourable meteorological conditions, which are helping prevent the smoke-filled air from the agricultural belt of Haryana and Punjab from entering the national capital. (Image: Nasib Singh)

However, the SAFAR has also predicted a relatively cleaner post-Diwali air due to favourable meteorological conditions, which are helping prevent the smoke-filled air from the agricultural belt of Haryana and Punjab from entering the national capital. (Image: Nasib Singh)

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 A 'very poor' air quality index (AQI) essentially means that people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on a prolonged exposure to such air. (Image: Pradip Pradhan)

A 'very poor' air quality index (AQI) essentially means that people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on a prolonged exposure to such air. (Image: Pradip Pradhan)

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 If the air quality dips further, the AQI will turn 'severe', which may trouble even those with sound health conditions and seriously affect those with ailments. (Image: News18)

If the air quality dips further, the AQI will turn 'severe', which may trouble even those with sound health conditions and seriously affect those with ailments. (Image: News18)

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 The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) is empowered to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to combat air pollution in Delhi-NCR. (Image: News18)

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) is empowered to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to combat air pollution in Delhi-NCR. (Image: News18)

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 Measures under the GRAP's 'very poor' and 'severe' categories, which include a ban on diesel generator sets, came into effect on October 17 and they will remain in force till March 15. (Image: News18)

Measures under the GRAP's 'very poor' and 'severe' categories, which include a ban on diesel generator sets, came into effect on October 17 and they will remain in force till March 15. (Image: News18)

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