Delhi air ‘severe’ for Survival; Commission Calls for Action

Delhi: In the past few days after the Diwali celebrations, Delhi has recorded an AQI of up to 400 in certain places. And the danger does not seem to fade away soon as the AQI continues to fall in the  “severe” to “poor” category. The Delhi Commission of Air Quality Management has called for collective actions to solve this issue in the NCR. 

The burning of firecrackers during Diwali led to a polluted Delhi sky. It must be mentioned that the production, preservation, selling, and bursting of firecrackers during Diwali was already banned in the capital. Despite that, many people burnt it and the result is seen in its deteriorating climatic condition. 

According to the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board), the condition of Delhi sky remains severe because of less dispersion of pollutants because of lower wind pressure. It is likely to be more severe in the days to come due to the climatic conditions during the winter season in the capital. The air has become so polluted that the authorities are worried about children attending schools and people getting out these days. 

Environmentalist Vimlendu Jha said, “In such circumstances, the school should be closed and outdoor movement should be prohibited because severe category AQI impacts all aspects of life”. On the other hand, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that they are implementing every possible measure and advisories to control pollution in the capital city in the coming days. 

They are also keen on directing the industries in the city to use cleaner fuels to control further pollution. If the air quality remains like this, it will affect the overall health of people living in the city and will impact the existing diseases severely.

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