The air quality in Ahmedabad deteriorated due to the bursting of large-scale firecrackers on Diwali. Citizens enjoyed the festival after a gap of two years of the pandemic. The rating on the Air Quality Index was 293, which was considered ‘very poor’.
The AQI reached 293 at around 12 noon on Tuesday, a day after Diwali. The particulate matter, (PM ) reached 10.
According to the Air Quality Index Reporting Service SAFAR under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, the major pollutants situation in the city increased overnight at 9 Air Quality Monitoring Stations (AQMS). This was due to the burning of more crackers in the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar areas on account of Diwali. Seven of these stations are in Ahmedabad and two are in Gandhinagar. The air quality information is available on the mobile application and website.
Navrangpura was found the most polluted area among the monitored areas on Diwali evening. The Navrangpura recorded the highest Air Quality Index (AQI) at 378, indicating very poor condition. Although Ahmedabad’s average AQI was also recorded at 291, this too is poor. Apart from this, the air quality index was 344 in satellite area, 316 in Chandkheda, 371 in Raikhad, 262 in Bopal, 204 in Rakhial, 192 in Lekhwara, 165 in GIFT City and 139 in Pirana.