Air pollution in New Delhi hits hazardous levels after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb the smog-fuelling partying.
Dozens protest outside India’s environment ministry as New Delhi is covered in a thick blanket of grey smog, with worries air quality will worsen in the coming days as people let off fireworks to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.
Demand for fireworks in India rises in the run-up to Diwali — the Hindu festival of light that will be celebrated on Wednesday. But because of their contribution to noise and air pollution, India’s Supreme Court has put sweeping restrictions in place – leaving firework producers worried.
New Delhi is shrouded in a thick toxic haze after a night of frenzied Diwali fireworks sent the air quality plummeting despite a ban on sale of fireworks aimed at thwarting a repeat of an ‘airpocalypse’.