Delhi Environment Min. reviews air quality

ANI | Updated: Oct 20, 2017 20:01 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct 20 (ANI): The Environment Minister of Delhi, Imran Hussain, reviewed the situation of air quality in Delhi post Diwali-celebrations on Friday.

According to the review, the level of pollutants showed an increase on the Diwali evening, with changes beginning at 8 PM when the fireworks started.

The Air Quality in Delhi was already in red zone due to accumulated pollutants and the recent stubble burning in neighbouring states Haryana and Punjab.

The Supreme Court had banned the sale of crackers in the capital to understand the level of its impact on air quality.

Besides, the Delhi government had recently taken certain steps like anti-firecrackers campaign and mass awareness campaign to minimize the air pollution in Delhi during the festival of Diwali.

"It was observed that positive outcome of the anti-fire cracker campaign was that School children have increasingly become aware of the need to celebrate Diwali with Diyas, instead of firecrackers," the ministry said.

The assessment of Ambient Air Quality was undertaken at 16 locations i.e. R. K. Puram, Mandir Marg, Punjabi Bagh, Civil Lines, Anand Vihar, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, PGDAV College (Sriniwaspuri), DITE Okhla, Mother Dairy (Patparganj), ITI Vivek Vihar, ITI Jahangirpuri, DITE Wazirpur, Satyawati College (Ashok Vihar) and Shaheed Sukhdev Business College (Rohini).

Noise Levels were also monitored at the old network locations.(ANI)