Delhi’s ‘hazardous’ air quality is now larger danger than COVID, say specialists; political celebrations at spat

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Image Source: PTI Flowers flower during the winter season as a thick layer of smog swallows up the city horizon, following Diwali celebrations in Gurugram

Two days after Diwali, Delhi’s air quality level was recorded in ‘hazardous’ and ‘extreme’ categories in numerous locations. While the contamination levels were on the rise even before Diwali, the firecrackers at the celebrations were just a driver. Specialists suggest that without a strong wind or rain, it is impossible for the citizens of the national capital and the surrounding regions to escape the gas chambers.

According to an official report released by the Delhi federal government, the contribution of stubble burning to the city’s PM 2.5 pollution was tape-recorded at 36 per cent since Friday. This is the highest emission up until now this season.

Political celebrations at spat

Amid the intensifying AQI, political parties in Delhi have actually engaged in allegations and counter-allegations.

Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi’s environment minister Gopal Rai blamed the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) for the pollution. Delhi Environment minister Gopal Rai stated that though a great deal of individuals refrained from breaking crackers, a few people did it on purpose.

He stated Delhi’s air quality deteriorated on Friday morning due to a rise in farm fires and some people breaking firecrackers on function on Diwali regardless of a ban on it. Rai alleged that the BJP made individuals burst firecrackers on Diwali on Thursday. “A a great deal of people did not burst firecrackers. I thank them all. But some individuals break firecrackers on purpose. The BJP made them do it,” he informed press reporters.

In response, BJP leader and its IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya stated that the Kejriwal-led federal government in Delhi had actually failed to manage the air pollution.

“Delhi’s AQI remained in the hazardous zone even before the crackers came out. Anyone suggesting otherwise is attempting to make Arvind Kejriwal look great, who had unleashed a wicked project to deter Delhiites from bursting crackers. Poor air quality is a result of anything BUT Diwali,” he tweeted.

Delhi BJP representative Praveen Shankar Kapoor alleged that Rai’s thinking was “affected” by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, and stated the Delhi federal government totally failed to control air contamination.

“The Delhi federal government has actually completely failed to control air and water pollution in Delhi and therefore, to evade obligation minister Gopal Rai has actually attempted to squarely blame Diwali night crackers for air pollution and Chhath Puja at Yamuna Ghats for Yamuna ji’s water contamination in true Aurangzebi design,” Kapoor charged.

Even a smog tower could not assist

Even the recently-launched smog tower at Connaught Location might not provide breathable air to homeowners nearby on Diwali night as the air quality across Delhi-NCR nosedived to the “extreme” zone following widespread cracker bursting, federal government information showed.

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Image Source: PTI A truck installed with anti-smog gun is utilized to spray water droplets to suppress air contamination, as a thick layer of smog swallows up the national capital following Diwali celebrations Around 9 pm on Thursday, the 24-metre-high air purifier, considered the very first such structure in India, taped a PM2. 5 concentration of 642 micrograms per cubic metre at the inlet and 453 micrograms per cubic metre at the outlet.

The smog tower might just decrease the PM10 level from 649 micrograms per cubic metre to 511 micrograms per cubic metre, based on the readings taken at 9 pm. The safe limit for the lung-damaging great particles PM2. 5 and PM10 is 60 micrograms per cubic metre and 100 micrograms per cubic metre, respectively.

ALSO, READ| Delhi witnesses worst post-Diwali AQI in 5 years; smog levels off the charts

The specialists’ take

The director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, Randeep Guleria, on Saturday stated that the pollution can also lead to more serious cases of Covid.

“Pollution has a big effect on breathing health particularly on ppl with lung illness, asthma as their illness gets worse. Pollution can likewise result in more severe cases of Covid. Should use mask as it’ll help in security from both Covid & & contamination, “he said.

A cardiology teacher at AIIMS likewise stated, “Air pollution is now a much bigger risk than COVID.” He added, “Elderlies, clients with lung & & heart issues, COVID-recovered patients, and pregnant ladies are quite vulnerable to such type of bad air quality.”

(With agencies inputs)

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Published at Sat, 06 Nov 2021 07:38:38 -0500