Air pollutant levels shot up to twice their permissible limit in various parts of the city on Sunday evening. Competing for the top honours for the most polluted air on Diwali night was the eastern suburb of Hadapsar, and the heart of the city, Shivajinagar. The air at Nigdi turned out to be the cleanest on Sunday.
While emissions from firecrackers burst on Diwali did not push up the level of gaseous pollutants much, particulate matter levels touched an unhealthy high.
The observations were made by the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) that had last week rightly predicted the areas that would be the most polluted this Diwali.
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