29 October, New Delhi
Delhi government, after a review of the ambient air quality in the city on the eve of Diwali, found that fire due to agricultural residue burning in the fields of neighbouring states was having a major adverse effect on the air quality.
The images show that fires raging in the fields of Punjab and Haryana due to burning of agricultural residue are causing a blanket of haze across entire North India, including Delhi.
Agricultural fires are a major contributor in the deterioration of ambient air quality, which will also suffer due to inversion and calm meteorological conditions currently prevailing.Since bursting of crackers on Diwali would aggravate the deterioration in air quality, the Environment Minister Imran Hussain has appealed to Delhiites to stay away from crackers.
The Environment department teams have seized illegally imported crackers at Qutab Road area, Moti Nagar, Rajouri Garden and Patel Nagar. The drive is working as a deterrent and has shown an impact on the sale of imported/Chinese crackers.