With this month’s rainfall, Delhi’s AQI remained in the satisfactory category for 24 of the month’s 30 days until Saturday. (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

Delhi’s air was the cleanest all year on Saturday with an air quality index (AQI) of 58.

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

When it introduced its new alcohol policy in November 2021, the Delhi government had sought to generate revenue of Rs 10,000 crore in a year. In the ensuing eight months, the Excise Department fell well short of its target, collecting revenue of around Rs 1,993 crore, officials told The Indian Express.

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

On Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that the Delhi government has decided to roll back the new excise policy and from August 1, alcohol will only be sold at government outlets. , as it was before November when the new policy was implemented.