Delhi Confronts Post-Diwali Air Quality Crisis Delhi’s citizens are facing a thick blanket of smog as air quality takes a nosedive post-Diwali. Despite firework prohibitions aimed at curbing air pollution, the city witnessed extensive use of crackers, aggravating the already poor atmospheric conditions.
Air Quality Index Reveals Severe Pollution Data from the Sameer app indicates a grim reality with an Air Quality Index (AQI) soaring above 200, signaling a ‘very poor’ air status. Certain areas report AQI figures crossing the 350 mark, which poses severe health risks due to the concentration of PM 2.5 particles.
Winter Worsens Woes as Stubble Burning Continues Delhi’s air pollution, a perennial issue due to factors such as traffic emissions and dust, intensifies in winter. Contributing factors include the widespread agricultural practice of stubble burning in neighboring states and the trapping of pollutants at lower atmospheric levels due to stagnant winds.
Government Measures and Public Health Concerns With the advent of winter, authorities have preemptively declared school closures to safeguard children from the hazardous air. The persistent high pollution levels carry the threat of respiratory illnesses and prolonged discomfort for the populace.
Controversy and Non-compliance Shadow Cracker Ban The Supreme Court’s mandate for ‘green crackers’ and the Delhi government’s consistent ban on fireworks have seen scant adherence, with reports of widespread non-compliance. The issue has gained a political edge, with accusations of the ban targeting Hindu traditions.
Environmental Minister Points Fingers at Political Incitement Delhi’s environment minister, Gopal Rai, has accused opposition BJP leaders of encouraging the public to flout the firework ban, contributing to the pollution spike. The BJP has yet to formally address these allegations.
Delhi’s Short-lived Respite and Lingering Pollution The city’s brief relief from pollution, thanks to recent rainfall, was quickly undone by Diwali celebrations. With the festive season’s conclusion, residents are left grappling with the aftermath of elevated pollution levels, prompting renewed calls for effective environmental governance.
Stay tuned for further updates as Delhi navigates through this environmental challenge, and authorities strive to implement measures to improve air quality for its citizens.