Many Delhiites woke up to clear blue skies after weeks of living under the shadow of thick smog blanketing the entire national capital.
In some good news, air pollution levels in the national capital significantly improved on Tuesday with several parts of the city reporting Air Quality Index (AQI) in the ‘moderate’ category, while some reported AQI in the ‘poor’ category.
As per data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Anand Vihar reported an AQI of 173, Lodhi Road reported 121, while RK Puram and Najafgarh continued to report higher numbers with ‘poor’ AQIs of 205 and 213 respectively.
This is a significant improvement from the air pollution levels recorded over the last few days, which soared due to the use of firecrackers on Diwali.
In a bid to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from worsening owing to poor air quality, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the National Capital Region from midnight of November 9 to midnight of November 30.
However, many people were seen flouting the order and crackers were burst across the national capital. This worsened the air quality in Delhi with people waking up to severe air pollution the next day.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government on Monday launched the second phase of the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign to curb air pollution in the National Capital.
(With ANI inputs)