The Delhi Fire Service fielded 208 calls for fire-related incidents during Diwali, including 22 linked to firecrackers, an official said on Monday.
Despite no reported injuries, major fires occurred in Sadar Bazar, East of Kailash, and Tilak Nagar on Sunday, the official said.
In Central Delhi’s Sadar Bazar, a significant blaze erupted in a godown in Deputy Ganj, requiring 22 fire tenders two hours to bring it under control. In Tilak Nagar, West Delhi, a market fire damaged half a dozen shops, and another incident was reported in Sultanpuri, outer Delhi, an official added.
Despite a ban on firecrackers, Delhi witnessed a surge in pollution levels on Monday morning, with an AQI of 275 (poor category) at 7 am.
Some areas, such as Shadipur (315), Ayanagar (311), Lodhi Road (308), Pusa (355), and Jahangirpuri (333), recorded pollution levels in the ‘very poor’ category. (With inputs from PTI)