New Delhi: The government’s ban on fireworks on Diwali was defied. Lots of firecrackers were burnt and the sky in Delhi and its adjoining areas was covered with a plume of smoke on Thursday. Due to this the air quality index of the city reached the severe category.
It is to be known that Delhi was already in the grip of smoke due to stubble burning.
AQI increased as night progressed
The air quality index (AQI), which stood at 382 at 4 pm, in Delhi rose to the severe category by 8 pm as pollution could not disperse due to low temperature and slow wind speed.
Due to rampant bursting of firecrackers, after 9 pm, the AQI of the neighboring cities of Delhi was 424 in Faridabad, 442 in Ghaziabad, 423 in Gurugram and 431 in Noida, which comes in the severe category.
People from Delhi and its surrounding areas complained of sore throat and watery eyes.
Despite a complete ban on firecrackers in the national capital till January 1, 2022, cases of bursting of crackers were reported from 7 pm in Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi, Burari in North Delhi, Paschim Vihar in West Delhi and Shahdara in East Delhi.
At the same time, high-intensity firecrackers were burnt in Gurugram and Faridabad. The Haryana government had also banned the sale and use of firecrackers in 14 districts, including areas adjoining Delhi.
because of the fog
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that due to fog in the national capital, there was low visibility in the range of 600-800 meters at Indira Gandhi International Airport and Safdarjung Airport in the morning.
IMD senior scientist RK Jenamani said visibility was affected in the range of 800-900 meters throughout the day due to calm air.
The contribution of stubble burning to Delhi’s pollution level rose to 25 per cent on Thursday, the highest level so far this season.
Gufran Baig, founder project director of the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality forecasting agency ‘SAFAR’, said a sharp rise in PM 2.5 pollution levels may be recorded by Friday morning and the AQI may cross 500 levels.
Note that an AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe. Goes.
According to the forecast of ‘SAFAR’, the contribution of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution level may increase to 35 percent on Friday and 40 percent on Saturday.
The wind direction will make the situation worse
The north-westerly winds can bring the smoke arising due to stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana towards Delhi.
According to SAFAR, some relief is expected only by the evening of November 7. However, the AQI is expected to remain in the very poor category.
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