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Delhi wakes up to hazardous pollution levels, reduced visibility due to smog

PM 10 levels reached 999 at places like Anand Vihar, Punjabi Bagh and RK Puram.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2016 11:35 am
delhi pollution, delhi pollution level, delhi smog, delhi PM 10 level, Delhi PM 2.5 level, pollution in delhi, pollution reason in delhi, smog reason in delhi Pollution levels reached hazardous levels in Delhi on Wednesday morning. Express photo

Two days after Diwali night, Delhi again experienced low visibility due to smog on Wednesday morning as pollution levels touched hazardous limits. The PM 10 levels reached a massive 999, more than 10 times higher than the safe limit. On the other hand, PM 2.5 touched a maximum of 743, as per the air quality index.

Delhi — ranked as one of the most polluted cities in the world — saw an increase in pollution levels a week before Diwali and hit hazardous levels on Sunday night. PM 10 levels hit 999 at places like Anand Vihar, Punjabi Bagh and RK Puram. The pollution levels did slightly dip on Tuesday, in comparison to the day after Diwali, but again shot up on Wednesday morning. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia Tuesday promised to take aggressive steps to tackle the problem of growing pollution in the city. Sisodia, who held a preparatory meeting with various departments, said the government will take a slew of anti-pollution measures, including the use of sprinklers and mist fountains, smoke tappers in crematoriums, and waste management to minimise emission of methane gas caused by burning at landfill sites.

Smog leading to low visibility in Delhi-NCR. Express photo Smog leading to low visibility in Delhi-NCR. Express photo

Several took to Twitter to share their anger and concern about the prevailing situation.

The AAP government had introduced odd-even formula earlier this year to cut back on vehicular emissions as problems due to pollution become more severe during the winters. On Monday, five cars were involved in collisions on the Delhi Noida Direct flyway due to extremely poor visibility due to smog.

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  1. ranjan kumar
    Nov 2, 2016 at 10:38 am
    the w delhities are responsible for making Delhi the pollutest city in the world. blaming on govt is not the right thing. everyone is knowing that fire-crackers are pollution generating tools then why not fire-crackers free diwali. if these habit is not cured we will loose one current generation and one upcoming generation.
    1. jafar husain
      Nov 2, 2016 at 11:14 am
      Which is is bigger killer Diwali or Bakr-E-Eid? I feel Diwali
      1. L
        Nov 2, 2016 at 7:35 am
        Cmon we dont care about pollution , for us everything is seen as sabotaging our religion .....and anyone raising voice against crackers are sikulars, congi , antinational and anti hindu ......after present govt has come to power hatred is in the air ......hope I get my India back where for me saffron was not hindu colour and green muslim colour , where dhoop batti was not for hindus and agarbatti for muslims where vandemataram was not forced on anyone , where people were allowed to eat what they want , where yoga was excercise n not for particular religion , where we could question anyone we wanted , where media was not biased n didnt spread hatred .........Hoping for my India to be back
        1. M
          Nov 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm
          Delhi North India may become atomized due to firecrackers air Pollution up to four or 5 days..