Air quality goes down

10 November, 2018, 04:26 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Heavy pollution during early morning hours after Diwali night in New Delhi on Thursday

Several areas in Delhi including Anand Vihar, ITO and Jahangirpuri have recorded the highest level of pollutants in the air and the Delhi government is planning to mull the odd-even rule back in the national capital. This is almost double the pollution levels of a year ago post Diwali, when the AQI was around 367.

Officials on Thursday said police seized 2,776kgs of firecrackers from various parts of the city, and a total of 87 people were arrested and 72 cases cases registered in connection with the illegal sale of fireworks.

As of 8 am on Friday, the overall AQI for Delhi was 426, which is under the "severe" category, according to Central Pollution Control Board.

The government has been unable to enforce a ban on bursting fireworks in most places. Loud bangs rent the air in New Delhi.

"Despite widespread publicity of the Supreme Court's order by the district administration, some people were found violating the orders and a first information report has been registered against them under the Indian Penal Code's section 188 (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by public servant)", City Magistrate Shailendra Mishra said in a statement.

The overall air quality index or AQI was 10 times the safe limit - AQI above 500 falls in the "severe-plus emergency" category, according to the government-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

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"This scenario is likely to hold the locally generated crackers emissions within the NCT, slowing down the dispersion, resulting in increased levels of PM2.5 and PM10 pollution", it added.

The capital city was followed by Kolkata with recording the same AQI.

A "very poor" AQI translates into spike in respiratory illnesses and if the air quality dips further, the AQI turns "severe", which troubles healthy individuals and seriously affects those with health issues.

The report on the widespread burning of firecrackers comes even as the Supreme Court has fixed a two-hour time period, from 8 pm to 10 pm, for bursting of crackers on Diwali and other festivals.

Admitting that violations were observed, police said it was manually not possible to monitor every incident considering the population of the city and a complete ban on firecrackers can't be imposed till the entire community is willing to join hands.

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