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With this month’s rainfall, Delhi’s AQI remained in the “fair” category for 24 out of 30 days of the month through Saturday. (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

On Saturday, Delhi’s air was cleaner than ever, with an air quality index (AQI) of 58.

The average AQI in July this year was 87, better than 110 in 2021. July this year and July 2020 had the cleanest air in the last six years. In 2020, July recorded an average AQI of 83, just slightly better than the average for the month this year.

When the Delhi government introduced its new alcohol policy in November 2021, it had been trying to generate 10,000 rupees in revenue in one year. In the eight months since, the excise agency has fallen far short of its target, raking in revenue of just under Rs 1,993 crore, officials told The Indian Express.

According to data shared by a government source in Delhi, between December 2021 and March 2022, the excise agency has revenue of Rs. 600.63 crore, Rs. 528.29 crore in April and May, Rs. 442.40 crore in the month Raised in June and Rs. 421.82 crore in July.

On Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia announced that the Delhi government had decided to roll back the new excise duty policy and that spirits will only be sold in government outlets from August 1, as was the case before November, when the new policy was introduced.

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