Air quality in Delhi deteriorates to ‘hazardous’, Diwali celebrations may aggravate crisis

Cesar Mills
November 5, 2018

A total penalty of Rs 80 lakh was imposed on violators in the last two days by the teams deployed to monitor implementation of measures to combat pollution in the Delhi NCR under the Clean Air Campaign, the CPCB said Saturday.

Measures for air pollution control to be in force from November 1 to November 10 include shut down of Mundka industrial area, ban on construction and excavation (digging) activities, shutting down of industries that run on coal and biomass, ban on stone crushers, brick kilns and hot mix plants.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), winds from eastern directions helped the dispersion of particle pollutants keeping the AQI in "very poor" category.

The meeting held under the chairmanship of Union Environment Secretary, CK Mishra, proposed certain urgent steps that can be taken to address the issue. During early morning and late evenings, haze would continue to persist.

Clean Air Parents" Network member and mother of two Stephanie Romig, said, "I'm extremely anxious about the impact that air pollution is having on my children. People are complaining of burning eyes and breathlessness.

"I have sent my children to play outside after weeks".

Amita Wattal, principal of Springdales, Pusa Road in Delhi, said the school is organising campaigns to make students aware of the hazards due to fire crackers ahead of Diwali. Metros across the world bear the major brunt of air pollution, likewise, Delhi is at the receiving end in India.

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CPCB is monitoring the air quality from 34 different locations, in Delhi.

According to the reports, one of Mumbai's fast bowler is complaining of a headache and fever. Construction sites will be closed temporarily for a few days to improve air quality.

"The situation is very unsafe in Delhi and it was same a year ago", Mary Kom said.

It warned that due to a high level of moisture in Delhi's atmosphere and a decline in temperature and stubble burning, Delhi's air quality will be badly affected.

The Delhi has yet again entered the phase of smoke + fog where smog will greet the Delhiites and the respiratory issues will henceforth increase. The reason behind the plea being that 40 per cent pollution comes from private vehicles in Delhi-NCR. This is part of the Graded Response Action Plan, which came into effect on Oct 15, to tackle the deteriorating pollution levels in the city.

On Sunday, the pollution level in the city dipped and was categorised as "poor". Delhi's government has also implemented the necessary arrangements to execute "Odd-Even" formula if air pollution crisis persists.

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