Smog Situation in Delhi: Nature’s Cry for Help ..................................................
Nature’s Cry for Help
The morning of 31st October, 2016, saw the city of Delhi, and a few neighboring areas, shrouded in a blanket of thick smog. While the initial thought of most people was that the winters had hit Delhi early this year, however, the idea faded away quickly when most of them realized that the weather was in fact not cold at all. The temperatures throughout the day continued to be around 30’C to 35’C but the blanket of smog still engulfed the city and the visibility continued to remain really poor. Soon thereafter, news started to pour in about how the smog enveloping Delhi was actually due to the intense air pollution caused by burning of crackers on. 30th October, 2016, the night of Diwali. The pollution levels reached an alarming 40 times over the safe limit levels and the residents were left with no alternative but to breathe the noxious gasses. . Such was the situation of Delhi that it beat Beijing’s worst air pollution events on the Diwali night of 2016 rendering all the measures and pledges enforced and taken by the government and public respectively failing to do any good.
On 31st October 2016, and for at least one week after, the visibility in most areas of the city dropped down to zero leading to a lot of flights being cancelled as well as trains being delayed owing to the same. Normal life of the residents was severely disrupted and most people chose to stay indoors due to the extreme difficulty in safely maneuvering the roads. Such was the gravity of the situation that over the next few days, schools all over the city had to declare leaves because of the fact that the kids were unable to reach school on their own and because school buses were unable to effectively ply due to the poor visibility on the roads severely multiplying the chances of an accident. Even otherwise, Delhi is admittedly not a very pollution free city. . In fact, it is one of the most polluted cities in India and the government, as well as the people, of Delhi, has constantly been warned by internal and external agencies alike to do something about the degrading quality of breathable air in the region. Delhi has also seen a substantial rise in the number of people suffering from breathing disorders in the last few years owing to the falling standards of air purity. However, the morning after Diwali witnessed a new low in this alarming chain of events. The Particulate Matter Pollutants Level, which is normally between 2.5 and 10, had reached levels roughly 15 times above the generally accepted safe limits. The reports submitted by The Delhi Pollution Control Committee state that the air quality in certain places, such as RK Puram, was 42 times worse than what can be termed as a safe limit.