After the Durga Puja celebrations are over and idols have been immersed, the Okhla Yamuna bank turns into a playground for children collecting coins, coconuts and other playthingsPhoto By: Meeta Ahlawat
Crackers like chakri and anar also contribute to deteriorating ambient air qualityPhoto By: Meeta Ahlawat
The wood is collected by people and later used for burning and cookingPhoto By: Meeta Ahlawat
A child looks curiously at the waste accumulated on the Yamuna bank to find something interesting Photo By: Meeta Ahlawat
It’s time to bid adieu to Lord Vishwakarma and welcome Goddess Durga. Idols of Durga being crafted at C R Park in Delhi Â´â•—â”Photo By: Meeta Ahlawat
Levels of air pollutants like sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, suspended particulate matter and carbon monoxide rise substantially during Deepawali. Noise pollution levels also register a substantial increase during the festivalPhoto By: Meeta Ahlawat
After the Durga Puja celebrations are over comes the time to burn effigies of Ravana, his brother and sonPhoto By: Meeta Ahlawat
The chunnis that are offered to the Goddess during the Puja are also dumped in the river water along with the idols Photo By: Meeta Ahlawat
Hundreds of thousands of people visit the Kalkaji Mandir every year during Durga Puja celebrations. What they leave behind is plastic plates, bottles and empty cansÂ´â•—â”Photo By: Meeta Ahlawat
The effigies are stuffed with crackers, which release a lot of poisonous gases when burnt and cause health problems Photo By: Meeta Ahlawat
These chunnis along with other offerings clog the riverPhoto By: Meeta Ahlawat
The strewn waste results in clogging of the drains and water accumulation. Vehicles parked along the roads makes commuting a harrowing experience Photo By: Meeta Ahlawat
If Dusshera arrives, can Deepawali be far behind. Fireworks worth several crore rupees are exploded on an occasion that was earlier celebrated by greeting people and distributing sweets. A boy burns a pencil fuljhari which releases a green cloud of smoke and contributes to air pollution. It also causes respiratory problems.Photo By: Meeta Ahlawat
A few days after the idols have been immersed, what remains is the wooden structurePhoto By: Meeta Ahlawat
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