Delhi Pollution: Air quality remains at very poor category

Clark Diaz
November 11, 2018

The SAFAR forecast "bad" air quality Thursday even though partially toxic crackers were burst as compared to 2017. As winter sets in, the quality of air deteriorates and fireworks including crackers during Diwali aggravate the situation. The measures like banning entry of heavy vehicles and odd-even scheme are executed if the air quality falls to severe plus emergency category.

"The unfavourable weather was to make dispersion very slow and could have aggravated pollution levels due to locally generated pollutants, but as the influx of fresh local emission significantly dropped and allowed already accumulated pollution to disperse slowly, the air quality improved", it said.

More than 300 people were arrested in Delhi, the world s most polluted major city, where the Supreme Court had restricted public fireworks to two hours in the evening and insisted on use of cleaner "green" firecrackers to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali.

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Legal action was taken against 24 juveniles under the provisions of the Juvenile Act for not abiding by the top court's direction, he said.

The AQI at 9 p.m. was 291, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The apparent lack of concern about the toxic air - whether through ignorance or apathy - gives politicians the cover they need for failing to address the problem, say environmental activists and others.

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"The fire counts are seen to be very high but it is a combination of stubble burning and widespread firecrackers in that region and need not be confused with stubble only fire", it said in a report. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) sprinkled water on trees in the area around Delhi University's North Campus.

Violations of the Supreme Court order were reported from the areas comprising IP Extension, Mayur Vihar's Phase I, II and Extension in east Delhi, Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi, Lutyens Delhi, Dwarka in west Delhi and most of the sectors in Noida. This air will seriously affect those with ailments, according to the advisory issued by SAFAR. While the highest decibel level measured at Marine Drive on Wednesday night, 114.1 dB, was marginally less than last year's 117.8 dB, it was still way above the 55 dB permissible limit. Yet, reports suggest that Indians really do care more about annoying their neighbours, frightening animals, and literally blowing up money in the guise of having a good time, over life's more simple pleasures - like breathing. Around this time past year, he declared a public health crisis, shutting down schools for a week and told residents to remain indoors.

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