As Delhi woke up to a smog-engulfed morning on Monday, the effects of Sunday’s Diwali celebrations were witnessed in its neighbouring areas as well.
On Monday evening, level of air pollutants — Particulate Matter (PM) 10 and 2.5 — in Noida crossed the 500 micrograms per cubic metre mark, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
Around 5.30 pm on Monday, the PM10 level in Noida were said to be ‘severe’ at 704 micrograms per cubic metre. Similarly, PM 2.5 level was recorded as 605 micrograms per cubic metre.
“There definitely seems to be an increase in level of pollutants due to the use of firecrackers. We will receive data about air quality within three days and a better analysis of the reasons can be done then,” said B Awasthi, regional officer, UP Pollution Control Board.
Meanwhile, air pollution levels in Gurgaon on Diwali this year were lower than those of last year, officials said. The lowest PM 2.5 reading on Sunday was 64.84 between 4pm and 5pm and the highest reading was 785 between 12am and 1am.