Supreme Court ban on firecrackers goes up in smoke
11 November, 2018, 00:16 | Author: Sam Montgomery
This morning, the worst air was recorded by the centre in Bawana - 370, or "Very Poor" on the air quality index.
The national capital woke up to a yet another smoggy morning on Friday with the air quality in the "severe" category.
Local television news channels said Kejriwal had left the country on a private family trip to Dubai, triggering a backlash on social media and finger pointing on Twitter by the Delhi arm of India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It also stipulated that the fireworks could only be set off between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. - a ruling that appeared to go largely ignored.
But the capital's 20 million residents showed scant respect for the decision.
"For a few moments of enjoyment people are willing to endanger the planet".
A man coughs despite wearing a mask a day after Diwali.
Experts say replacement of moderate winds with light and calm winds, low temperatures, increased humidity levels along with the burning of crackers has been responsible for the deteriorating air quality and also contributing in increasing the toxicity in the air.
Levels of PM2.5 - fine particles linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease - have soared since last month when farmers in Punjab and other nearby states started to burn crop residue.
Areas affected the most included Anand Vihar (AQI: 999), Lodhi Road (AQI: 500), Chanakyapuri (AQI 459) and the localities around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium (AQI: 999), all under "hazardous" category. The quality of air in Pitampura, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 679, 481 and 801 respectively.
"I regularly cycle around here and what I can (see) today the pollution has really gone up after Diwali", he said.
The Supreme Court order should have come earlier.
Similarly, the PM10 level was recorded at 440 micrograms per cubic metre, making it four times the standard of 100. 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.
Last month the World Health Organization said exposure to toxic air indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the age of 15 each year.
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