Thick haze and smog greeted Delhi residents on Monday morning.
People tweeted photographs of smog-covered roads, complaining of “zero visibility”. Several people also reported that the air smelt of charred firecrackers and that it was difficult to breathe.
Pollution levels in the city spiked as much as 42 times higher than the normal in one of the most polluted spots of the Capital.
According to real time ambient air quality data of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, PM10 readings went up by over 42 times on Sunday from the national ambiance air quality standard at RK Puram. At 10.55pm, PM10 was recorded at 4,273 µg/m³. PM2.5 also touched an alarming high at 748µg/m³ at 2.30am here.
Rise and shine folks and step out and smell the fresh magnesium, lead and nitrate. #MorningAfterDiwali— ???? ???? ?? ?? (@kanikagahlaut) October 24, 2014
To all those whining about people being over reactive on Diwali crackers and stuff I hope you're enjoying fresh Delhi air #mondaymotivation— Vivek Bajpai (@vivekindian420) October 31, 2016
Hello @ArvindKejriwal what are you doing for Delhi air pollution ? Please blame Modi. Also declare red alert.— Aur Bolo (@aurbolo) October 31, 2016