Smog Sit­u­a­tion in Delhi: Na­ture’s Cry for Help ..................................................

Na­ture’s Cry for Help

Libertatem Magazine - - Content Content - By Saak­shi Sharma

THE CRI­SIS

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.

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