Say no to Crackers, Alcohol on Diwali: IMA

Say no to Crackers, Alcohol on Diwali: IMA

Worth mention here on Monday, the national capital recorded its worst air quality of the season with pollution levels eight times the permissible limit as a thick fog engulfed the city. The Air Quality Index (AQI) around Mandir Marg recorded PM 10 levels at 707 and PM 2.5 at 663.

Despite the Supreme Courts directives, people in Delhi-NCR on Wednesday continued to burst crackers on Diwali well past the 10 p.m. deadline though the air quality index (AQI) showed a slight improvement over a year ago. Experts have warned of severe spike in pollution levels after Diwali even if "partial toxic crackers" are burnt compared to previous year. Come Diwali, the air pollution levels are already predicted to hit the sky.

D Saha, former additional director and head of air quality management division at the CPCB had earlier said that Delhi was likely to have a clean Diwali.

The AQI on Tuesday morning was recorded at 400, just a point below "severe". There was a significant intrusion of stubble generated pollution on Monday, which has shown a declining trend on Tuesday, as we approach the Diwali day, 'he said.

Warning that the Diwali day is expected to be polluted, weather analysts say that while now the polluting north-westerly winds are blowing higher at 5,000 meters, bringing a temporary relif to the region, the particles will start settling down, adding to pollution on Diwali. The AQI around Chandni Chowk recorded PM 10 levels at 437 and PM 2.5 at 425, while PM 1O levels were 396 and 470 around Airport Terminal 3 and Delhi University area, respectively.




There are five AQI categories, namely Good + Satisfactory, Moderately polluted, Poor, Very Poor, and Severe.

"Even if 50 per cent of a total load of toxic firecrackers as compared to Diwali 2017 is added, the prevailing weather conditions will aggravate the high smoke level and make air quality to persist in severe range for at least two days on November 8 and November 9", it said in a report.

But despite that the air quality deteriorated to "very poor" category due to increase in the contribution of stubble burning from the surrounding states of Punjab and Haryana, the authorities said.

Winds blowing from the northwest have been carrying biomass-burning pollutants, according to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. An unidentified official of the pollution board said the recommendation was made as such vehicles cause heavy pollution, which could lead to a further decline in air quality.

The air quality deteriorated with pollution level breaching the "hazardous" category.

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