A day after Diwali, that is Monday Delhi is experiencing its rough times of the year as the Air pollution levels hike above “severe”. The Air quality index (AQI) measured 999 in some areas of Delhi namely Jawaharlal nehru stadium, Patparganj, RK Puram and Dwarka whereas the AQI set limit is 60.
To add to your knowledge this is how the AQI levels are marked : 0-50 is considered “good” 51-100 satisfactory, 101-200 “moderate” , 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor”, 400-500 “severe”, 500 and beyond is considered a state of “ severe plus emergency”. Delhi’s conditioned worsened 16 times above the set limit and this is because of the stubble burning and lighting of firecrackers in nearby states of NCR region. The government had to take certain measures like sprinkling of water on some of the roads in certain areas. The first week of November is going to be one of the hardest in the Capital with visibility remaining low due to a constant layer of haze over and the wind being slow to disperse the polluting particles to other areas.
According to SAFAR (System of Air quality forecasting and Research) the PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels were 500 plus and 446 respectively, PM 2.5 particles being more harmful as when breathed in, can flow into the bloodstream unlike PM 10 particles which only impact the lungs. SAFAR also requested people to indulge the least in outdoor activities during these days, especially the kids and elderly.
Almost 1.5 million people die due to air pollution in a year. Despite the ban on firecrackers by delhi govt. and only allowance being on green crackers for they emit 30 percent less polluting elements, the people still went on burning conventional crackers as green crackers failed to capture the market due to high costs and less variety.
Arvind Kejriwal has announced the odd even scheme from Nov 4-15 to bring the conditions under control.