Not all over! Experts say no relief for next 2 days
DELHI'S air quality is expected to remain in the severe category over the next two days as the smoke emitted by fire crackers has slowed down the process of pollutant dispersion, a report by a governmentrun agency said Thursday.In a gross violation of a Supreme Court order, people in several cities burst firecrackers until at least midnight, two hours after the 10 pm deadline.
Loud bangs rent the air in New Delhi. Violations were also recorded in Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and other major cities. Partly as a result of smoke from crackers, the overall air quality index (AQI) in Delhi jumped to 574 which falls in the severe-plus emergency category, according to data by the Centre-run SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research).
A severe plus emergency AQI essentially means that even healthy people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on prolonged exposure. This air will seriously affect those with ailments, according to the advisory issued by SAFAR.
A new SAFAR report said the severe conditions would prevail for the next two days. Even if 50 per cent of the total load of toxic fire crackers 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 2 day (8-9 Nov 2018), the SAFAR said in its report. This scenario is likely to hold the locally generated crackers emissions within the NCT, slowing down the dispersion, resulting in increased levels of PM2.5 and PM10 pollution, it added.
The widespread burning of firecrackers in neighbouring states of Delhi is also adding to the pollution woes of the national capital apart from stubble burning, the agency said.
In the current situation, even healthy people may suffer from respiratory illnesses.