New Delhi: A day after Diwali celebrations,  the air quality in Delhi-NCR plunged into the ‘severe’ category. According to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data, the Air Quality Index (AQI) for PM 2.5 pollutant stood at 481 in Anand Vihar, 444 in IGI Airport area, 457 in ITO, and 414 in Lodhi Road area, all four in the ‘severe’ category. Also Read - Coronavirus Vaccine Likely to Reach Cold Storage Points in Delhi by December End

This comes as people, like every year, were seen bursting crackers in the national capital and adjoining areas despite the ban on sale and purchase of firecrackers. Also Read - Farmers' Protest: 5th Round of Talks Remain Inconclusive, Next Meet on Dec 9; Bharat Bandh on Dec 8 | Top Points

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The AQI between 0 and 50 is considered safe, 51-100 satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor. At 301-400, its considered very poor and 401-500 falls in the severe category. The above 500 is severe as well as the emergency category.

To check air pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned the sale, use of all kinds of firecrackers, where the average of ambient air quality during November (as per available data of last year) fell under the ‘poor’ and above categories.

The Delhi government too had earlier this month imposed a total ban on all kinds of fireworks till November 30, in the wake of the rising pollution and coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, the Delhi police, in violation of the cracker ban, arrested 10 people and registered 12 cases for the sale of firecrackers.

“Of the 12 cases, one was registered in northeast district, four in southeast, two in outer-north, one in outer, three in Dwarka and one in southwest,” Additional PRO (Delhi Police) Anil Mittal said.