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Rains during Diwali helped to keep AQI lower

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Nashik: The Nashikites with true to their words celebrated an eco-friendly and firecracker free Diwali this year. After sound pollution measures, the air pollution data also show that the Nashikites burnt fewer firecrackers than the last year.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) showed that the air quality of Nashik was very healthy during the festive season of Diwali. The AQI remained in ‘good’ remark of the air pollution parameters of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

This Diwali, green crackers sale was on peek in Nashik. Instead of the other polluting crackers and Chinese crackers the Nashikites gave preference to green crackers and celebrated an eco-friendly Diwali. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) conducted a special air quality measuring drive during Diwali.

In this drive MPCB monitored the air quality of Nashik City and air pollution during Diwali. The apex monitoring body collected air quality data on Diwali Day, Diwali Padwa and on Bhau Beej. The AQI on the Diwali day was only 34 AQI.

It increased on the Padwa Day and become 74 AQI, which was still a good remark on parameters.
The officials have said that the rain helped to control the air quality during the festive celebration of Diwali. The awareness by MPCB, various NGO’s and individuals helped to maintain the quality of air during Diwali.

AQI high on Diwali night
The Air Quality Index showed that the Air Quality was very poor on Diwali night from 11 pm to 1 am next day. The prominent pollutant Particulate Matter 2.5 and Particulate Matter 10 that is, PM 2.5 and PM 10 was very high on Diwali night. The PM 2.5 pollutant was measured 351 in AQI and PM 10 was measured 248.

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