The toxic air did not deter devotees worshipping the Sun God during Chhath puja from bursting crackers early on Monday morning.
The city’s air quality has been ‘severe’ or ‘very poor’ in the days after Diwali and residents have developed respiratory issues.
“It was around 7am and suddenly there was sound of fire crackers. We later got to know that people were celebrating Chhath. The devotees should have been more considerate about the rising level of air pollution,” Shreya Singh of Sushant Lok said.
Chhath puja is mostly observed in parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh in the week after Diwali. However, with increase in the city’s migrant population, celebrations were organised in various pockets.
In the two-day festival, people worship the setting sun on the first day and the rising sun on the second on the banks of water bodies.
Pallavi Sinha of Golf Course Road said, “We celebrated the puja without bursting crackers but there were several others participating in the activity (bursting crackers). It was bad to see people not caring about the environment.”
Puja organisers said they had asked people to not burst crackers.
BN Lal, organiser of the puja in Sector 4, said, “We had asked devotees to not burst crackers. But, despite several requests, a few people fired some rocket crackers during the celebrations.”