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Smog has covered Delhi, the national capital, with citizens continuing to burst crackers even after the expiration of the deadline which had been fixed by the Supreme Court. Air pollution has turned toxic in Delhi and reached 302 at 11 pm. This falls under the very poor category. Air quality has suffered severely due to the Delhi pollution levels in the aftermath of the Diwali night festivities.

An amorphous haze has descended upon the city. The Supreme Court of India permitted firecracker bursting from 8 pm to 10 pm only on Diwali as well as other festivals and festive occasions. The Apex Court had also permitted the making as well as selling of only “green crackers.” These crackers have comparatively lesser light as well as sound emissions and emit harmful chemicals in smaller quantities. However, all these instructions and directives seem to have failed to make the cut with people.

The toxic air was present and perhaps in worse concentration in also the surrounding areas of Delhi, called the National Capital Territory or NCR. Those places include Gudgaon or Gurugram, Noida, and Ghaziabad. According to reports, cracker bursting went on as usual, with hardly any checks or implementation of the Supreme Court’s ban on them. This reflects the administration’s apathy in implementing the directions of the Apex Court of India.

SAFAR made a statement which said that surface winds were continuing to play a big role. Due to low wind speeds, (2.1 km per hour), air pollution levels grew by leaps and bounds and led to a rapid built up due to stagnation. It also said that the stubble fire contribution to the Delhi Smog had appeared to be marginal.

Overall air quality spiked to around 574. This comes under the “severe-plus emergency category”. This is as per the reports provided by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research). This organization is run by the Central Government. Mumbai also witnessed a drastic decline in air quality.

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About Aaditi Lele

Greenubuntu Evangelist Aaditi is a passionate environmentalist. She has received her bachelor's degree in biotechnology from India and recently graduated from Washington State University with a professional science master's degree, which is a blend of biotechnology, business and managerial training. She is currently working with Office of Commercialization at WSU and does patentability and market assessments for WSU inventions. She comes across new inventions on a regular basis and is interested to find more effective ways to save the environment which are widely applicable.
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