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Delhi records 'very poor' air quality on Diwali evening

Delhi records 'very poor' air quality on Diwali evening

Meanwhile, a Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) indicated that the quantity of PM 2.5 in a posh area like R K Puram reached 776 microns at 6 am on Friday, which is nearly 13 times more than usual.

Controlling pollution levels is possible only when there is a participative approach.

At 319, Delhi's Air Quality Index was better than 431 during Diwali past year.

India and China together accounted for more than half of the 4.2 million deaths attributable to air pollution worldwide in 2015, a study by the US -based Health Effects Institute showed. "There was a definite decline in burning of firecrackers because of the ban".

According to the Newspaper, Many Chennaites are now demanding a ban on crackers or at least community cracker celebrations.Kevin Franklin a student says, "It's a do or die situation, I think we've to ban crackers".Shivani Arora, a Chennai resident, suggests, "Like the U.S. they can permit only common fireworks at designated places, as they do for their July 4th". Nevertheless, the day's average provided a clearer picture. This was the lowest since 2012.

Delhi and its suburbs woke up this morning to a blanket of smog indicating a spike in air pollution levels, though reports suggest it is better than past year.

"Delhi has a long way to go before it can lay claim to having reasonably clean and breathable air", Sunita Narain, an EPCA member and director general of the Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based thinktank, said in a statement.

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The situation was similar, if not worse, in the neighbouring regions of Delhi such as Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad, where crackers were burst as usual, raising question marks on the efficacy of the administration in enforcing the apex court's ban.

"Pollution levels fluctuate in accordance with emission levels and weather patterns".

Met officials said the Capital's air was unlikely to clear up before Sunday, when strong winds are expected to rush in. It was recorded 180 past year.

As the Diwali evening progressed, celebrations seemed pretty low-key this year.

Measures under the GRAP's "very poor" and "severe" categories, which include a ban on diesel generator sets, have come into effect and will remain in force till March 15.

A 2016 study by WHO found that India has 10 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, with Delhi placing 11th. While some people travelled out of the city to buy the polluting agents, others said they used leftovers from last year's stash.


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