“Although the air quality is predicted to be touching SEVERE levels in the wee hours on October 28 but the peak level of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 is likely to be lowest,” said SAFAR.
Most polluted locations post-Diwali are Delhi University (North Campus), Pusa, Rohini-Punjabi Bagh, Wazirpur, Jahangirpuri, DTU and Bawana, Major residential areas, while the lowest polluted areas are Gurgaon, Ayananag and Nehru Stadium.
According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded earlier today the levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 were at 423 and 462 respectively in Chandani Chowk, while major pollutant levels of PM 2.5 were at 500 in 'Severe' category, in Lodhi Road area.
The highest impact of firecracker emissions (if any) is expected to be moderate and if no additional emissions due to firecrackers are added then the Air Quality will remain in the middle to the high end of ‘very poor’ during Diwali period.
Haryana and Punjab fire counts almost doubled from during the past 48 hours and increased from 1200 to 2700 as evident from SAFAR-multi-satellite product.