The ban on firecrackers in 13 Uttar Pradesh cities proved ineffectiveas folks burst crackers with a vengeance on Diwali night time. The air high quality index in Lucknow zoomed to 881 by midnight and settled at 427 on Sunday morning.
In Rajajipuram locality, the AQI was 752 on Sunday morning and Naka Hind, Qaiserbagh and Lalbagh areas recorded AQI at 450 — all within the ‘hazardous’ class.
Most individuals avoided bursting crackers until about eight p.m. when police vans had been seen patrolling the assorted areas.
Nevertheless, after 9 p.m., folks went berserk bursting firecrackers, even the excessive decibel ones.
Rakesh Khatri, a businessman right here, who burst a Rs 10,000 firecracker, defined, “I had purchased these crackers a lot earlier than the ban was introduced. Storing the crackers could be harmful as a result of we now have youngsters in the home so I had to make use of them. When my neighbours beginning bursting crackers after the Diwali puja, I additionally adopted swimsuit.”
Reviews of firecrackers getting used regardless of the ban are additionally got here in from cities like Kanpur the place AQI was 750 on Sunday morning.
Different cities that defied the ban embody Meerut, Moradabad and a number of other different cities in western districts.
A senior police official stated that the administration has taken word of individuals defying the ban and mandatory motion can be taken in opposition to these accountable.