AQI in many other cities and districts of the country has also been registered in ‘severe’ category.
Pollution in India: The air quality in the national capital, including several parts of north and central India, deteriorated due to bursting of crackers despite the Diwali ban, leading to Delhi recording its worst air quality in the last five years, the day after Diwali. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the average air quality index (AQI) for the last 24 hours was recorded at 462 due to incidents of bursting of crackers and stubble burning.Also Read – Congress’s allegation – Violence was deliberately incited in Tripura, the state government should be sacked
The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) in Delhi on the next day of Diwali in the year 2020 was 435 as compared to 368 in 2019, 390 in 2018, 403 in 2017 and 445 in 2016. This year the AQI was recorded at 382 on Diwali, which was 414 in 2020, 337 in 2019, 281 in 2018, 319 in 2017 and 431 in 2016. Also Read – This CM of Pakistan congratulated Holi on Diwali, if he got trolled badly, then…
Meanwhile, Environment Minister Gopal Rai in the Delhi government on Friday said the air quality of the capital has deteriorated due to stubble burning incidents and bursting of crackers on Diwali despite the ban. He accused the BJP of advising people to burst crackers on Deepotsav on Thursday. Also Read – Haze in Delhi-NCR after Diwali, air quality very poor, breathing too difficult
Countering this, BJP’s Delhi unit spokesperson Naveen Kumar Jindal said that Diwali is not a festival of any political party but a festival of Hindus. He asked whether Hindus belonging to the Aam Aadmi Party were not allowed to celebrate their festivals.
Delhi-NCR was engulfed in smoke on Friday as the contribution of emissions from crackers and stubble burning rose to 36 per cent on Diwali, bypassing the ban. In the neighboring cities of Delhi, AQI was recorded in ‘severe’ category on Friday afternoon which was 460 in Faridabad, 423 in Greater Noida, 450 in Ghaziabad, 478 in Gurugram and 466 in Noida.
It is noteworthy that AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, between 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, between 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, between 201 and 300 ‘poor’, between 301 and 400 ‘very poor’. , and between 401 and 500 are considered ‘serious’.
At the same time, according to the data of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), many other cities and districts of the country also registered AQI in the ‘severe’ category, including Agra, Baghpat and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh while Ballabhgarh, Bhiwani, Hisar, Haryana, Jind, Panipat and Rohtak and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan were included.
According to the CPCB, Ambala in Haryana, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and Jalandhar in Punjab recorded ‘very poor’ AQIs.
Similarly, AQI was recorded in the ‘poor’ category in several districts of different states including Kolkata and Howrah in West Bengal, Patiala in Punjab and Patna in Bihar.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the 24-hour average concentration of lung-damaging fine particulates (PM2.5) rose to 430 micrograms per cubic meter at 2 pm on Friday, which is about seven times the safe rate of 60 micrograms per cubic metre. times more. Its average concentration was 243 micrograms per cubic meter at 6 pm on Thursday.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the air quality of the capital has deteriorated due to stubble burning incidents and bursting of crackers on Diwali despite the ban. He accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of advising people to burst crackers on Deepotsav on Thursday. Rai said that Delhi’s base pollution remains the same, only two factors are involved – crackers and stubble burning.
“A large number of people did not burst firecrackers. I thank all of them, but some people intentionally burst crackers. The BJP got him all this done.
In many parts of the national capital and its suburbs, people complained of headache, sore throat and watery eyes in the morning. Concerned citizens and environmental activists shared photos and videos of fireworks on social media and called the cracker ban a “joke”.
At the same time, Supreme Court Justice S Ravindra Bhat said on Friday that the amount of pollution in the national capital is high after Diwali and the weather outside is not quite right. Justice Bhat, speaking at a book release function, said, “I would say you will be shocked that if there is anything good this morning then this is the function, because the weather outside is not good at all.”
The Haryana government had banned the burning of crackers in all the 14 districts falling in the National Capital Region. The Uttar Pradesh government had allowed bursting of green crackers for only two hours on Diwali.
According to the government air quality forecasting agency ‘SAFAR’, stubble burning contributed 36 percent to Delhi’s PM 2.5 pollution on Friday, which is the highest ever emissions this season. Gufran Baig, founder-project director of SAFAR, said, “Delhi’s air quality index, along with emissions from fireworks, reached the upper end of the ‘severe’ category…the share of emissions from stubble burning stood at 36 per cent on Friday. has arrived.”
Baig said, “Local winds have intensified and now there is a possibility of rapid spread (of pollutants). The AQI will reach the ‘very poor’ category by Friday night, even without excess emissions from fireworks, although the contribution of stubble is expected to remain almost the same (on Saturday).”
Meanwhile, on the night of Kali Puja, very few incidents of bursting of crackers were reported from most parts of the city except some parts of south Kolkata on Thursday, despite the air quality in the metropolis falling in the ‘moderate’ to ‘poor’ category. An official in the West Bengal Pollution Control Board gave this information on Friday.
“The firecrackers cannot be solely blamed for the deterioration in the air quality. The humidity in the air and the smoke coming out of the vehicles is the main reason because a large number of vehicles were on the roads on the night of Kali Puja.
On the other hand, on the occasion of Diwali in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, Lakshmi Puja was simple. However, more crackers were burst as compared to last year. According to the CPCB, the AQI in Mumbai was recorded in the ‘moderate’ category while in Navi Mumbai and Nashik it was recorded in the ‘poor’ category.