Delhi pollution levels post Diwali are highest in recent years
In recent years, there’s been increased awareness regarding burning of crackers. Despite mainstream discussions regarding the ill effects of crackers, the trend continues. Even now arguments regarding child labour, toxicity and sheer stupidity of burning money haven’t deterred most.
And so as another Diwali ends, Delhi woke up blanketed in smog. While one would like to be taken by surprise if you were to wake up to such a catastrophe, but this is entirely a man-made problem. Delhi is notorious for its air quality, and burning crackers in merriment clearly isn’t helping.
While dust, vehicle exhaust, and industrial waste contribute largely to poor air quality, during diwali the situation worsens with sharp spikes in particulate measuring graphs to show for it.
Exposure to particles and droplets are harmful and have short and long term repercussions. discussions around long term irreversible damage to children is oft highlighted but corrective action towards doing away with air pollution is flawed.
India reports highest death rate from respiratory disease as per World Health Organisation. With air pollution at such critical rates all year around, Delhi can’t quite afford adding to the chaos during Diwali.
Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) revealed that the air and noise pollution levels post Diwali were highest in 3 years. Around mid-night, when the levels are supposed to decline, they increased thanks to bursting of fire crackers. The ultra pollutant PM 2.5 breached the safe standard by over 14 times at 2-30 AM, while noise pollution levels peaked at 75.8 dB(A). As a result of the air pollution from the night before, visibility level plunged to nearly zero the next morning.