Diwali effect: Pollution worsens, particulate matter soars in Delhi

The pollution during this year’s Diwali was expected to be worse than those during 2014 and 2015 due to a combination of adverse meteorological factors.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 11:43 am
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Air pollution across the country went up to alarmingly high levels amid Diwali celebrations on Sunday and the morning after. In the capital itself, people woke up to smog with visibility up to 200 metres. According to air quality monitored by  the Central Pollution Control Board, PM 2.5 in Delhi went up to 999 in the US Embassy area and 702 in Anand Vihar. In R K Puram, PM 2.5 went up to 643 micrograms which is almost ten times the safe limit of 60 micrograms per cubic metres and PM 10 stood at 999 micrograms per cubic metres which is  also way more than the safe limit of 100 micrograms.

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In Mumbai, PM 2.5 went up to the hazardous level of 494. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) had earlier said that particulate matter in the air in Mumbai was expected to increase this Diwali, leading to a worse air pollution level than last year. The air quality index (AQI) was expected to go as high as 334, which comes under the ‘very poor’ category. SAFAR also revealed that Mumbai’s air quality was better than Navi Mumbai and Delhi that had recorded 309 and 394 respectively on Saturday.

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In Pune’s Shivajinagar area, maximum value for PM 2.5 and PM 10 was found to be 400 and 268 respectively. The conditions were worse in Ahmedabad where PM 2.5 stood at 999, which is almost 15 times more than the safe limit. Lucknow wasnt far behind when it came to severe Air Quality Index. According to data, PM 2.5 went as high as 834 in the city. Towards the east, in Kolkata the maximum value of PM 2.5 was recorded to be at 378 which is said to ‘Unhealthy’. In Bangalore, the Air Quality Index stood at the ‘Moderate’ level with PM 2.5 going up to three times more than the safe limit.

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The ultrafine particulate matters are harmful as prolonged exposure to them could cause respiratory diseases and other bronchial diseases. The condition is particularly harmful for the elderly, children and pregnant women. Since particulate matter like RSPM (Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter) are inhaled, lungs and the airway are the first organs to be affected. While PM10 enters alveoli or small sacks in lungs and gets accumulated there. Thus, while PM10 affects upper respiratory tract from the nose and windpipe, the smaller PM2.5 particles affect the lower respiratory system since they enter the lungs.

SAFAR had earlier predicted that pollution during this year’s Diwali is expected to be worse than those during 2014 and 2015 due to a combination of adverse meteorological factors like slow wind speed and moisture in the air, which is a source of  major hindrance in the dispersion of suspended pollutants.

The Delhi government on Saturday had reviewed the ambient air quality in the capital. “Agricultural fires in fields of neighbouring states, particularly Punjab and Haryana, are a major contributor in the deterioration of ambient air quality, which will also suffer due to inversion and calm meteorological conditions (that are) currently prevailing,” said the government’s official statement.

With PTI, ENS inputs.

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First Published on: October 31, 2016 8:12 am
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    Gadha Aryan
    Nov 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm
    Very good post
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      Amar Akbar
      Oct 31, 2016 at 8:45 am
      It\'s called priorities. Do you know without Diwali, Delhi is still the worst polluted city in the world. Why not ban all cars in Delhi? Pick up a book and learn about it. Diwali\'s contribution to pollution is minimal. Even if you ban crackers Delhi will be the worst polluted city in the world. So why not focus on what is polluting the earth like you using electricity from fossil fuels, you using cars etc. instead you like to attack Hindu festivals while you cut millions of trees for a fake celebration of birthday of Jesus who was not born on December 25th. Go figure
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        Dr gurpal
        Oct 31, 2016 at 3:40 am
        Like in western countries,bursting of crackers at home should be bannedstead a place in every locality should be marked,where under proper manner n under strict survilience of admin crackers should be bursted..Administration should make make proper arrangements there like ambulance,fire tenders,docs..etc.lt;br/gt; Pros; This will reduce the pollution problem as well as the fire incidents related to crackers.This will also promote communal harmony n relations between relatives n neighbours..
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          Amar Akbar
          Oct 31, 2016 at 8:36 am
          It's called priorities. Pick up a book and learn about it. Diwali's contribution to pollution is minimal. Even if you ban crackers Delhi will be the worst polluted city in the world. So why not focus on what is polluting the earth like you using electricity from fossil fuels, you using cars etc. instead you like to attack Hindu festivals while you cut millions of trees for a fake celebration of birthday of Jesus who was not born on December 25th. Go figure.
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            Amar Akbar
            Oct 31, 2016 at 8:40 am
            It's called priorities. Diwali\'s contribution to pollution is minimal. Even if you ban crackers Delhi will be the worst polluted city in the world. So why not focus on what is polluting the earth like you using electricity from fossil fuels, you using cars etc. instead you like to attack Hindu festivals while you cut millions of trees for a fake celebration of birthday of Jesus who was not born on December 25th. Or millions flying to Mecca as if Allah is only there and pollution created by Muslims. Go figure
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              Ignoramous
              Oct 31, 2016 at 9:44 am
              Wow good opportunity for socialists to thrash Hinduism and its rituals. Nobody raises a question when many people are injured and a few die daily at the stone throwing ceremony. If you have the courage, put that on the front page then I will accept that you are the true custodians for freedom of press and journalism. Do you accept the challenge?
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                Amar Akbar
                Oct 31, 2016 at 6:19 am
                Amar I totally agree with you. The article makes you feel as if Delhi Ian the cleanest city in the world and during Diwali it got worse. Really IE morons. Without Diwali also Delhi is the worst polluted cities in the world. Go and check your facts. And who is responsible for it? Why are these elites who writes these articles stop taking their own cars and also live in a smaller place then they are used to as their carbon footprint is the biggest. IE is a pressutes.
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                  David
                  Oct 31, 2016 at 6:23 am
                  Come on Pk don't act as if you are smart and get away with your jihadi views. First of all it's Lord Ram not Ram and be respectful. Secondly yes when Lord Ram cane back people did burn crackers. First of all why do you use loudspeakers to spread loud noise pollution through speakers in some Arabic Mumbo jumbonas if Allah is deaf and also as if there loud speakers during Mohammeds time. There was lot even water to wash your back so why do you wash and not follow what Mohammed told you? And Delhi is not a clean city so please stop using electricity in your house which comes from fossil fuels mostly. And you are the biggest garbage generator. And don't have 10 kids from each of your four wives.
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                    Amar Akbar
                    Oct 31, 2016 at 6:28 am
                    This is the right le. Hujj Effect: Millions of children go hungry and pollution increases to highest due to air lifting of 300,000 hujji jihadi every year. If Muslims stop going to Mecca, this planet will have less carbon footprint as air pollution due to airlines is the highest as well as the waste generated by Muslims is highest. Since Allah is everywhere going to Mecca is a total waste. And when we spend tens of thousands of crores to lift and fly these Muslims at tax payers money in a secular country with Hindu majority needs to be banned as this can bring food to millions of children instead of paying to Saudia to fly these morons.
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                      Mon
                      Oct 31, 2016 at 3:45 am
                      . . greedy men and their fascination with fire . . . as far as Ahmedabadis can buy, there cannot be any moral restraint on them . . . they are worst than delhites . . . there may be a great chance that a delhite may have some moral gronud living within them . .but ahmedabadis are double standards .. . they drink alcoholillegally and match the delhi consumption . . . they are the new heights of shamelessness
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                        MyTake
                        Oct 31, 2016 at 6:05 am
                        (Diwali effect: Pollution worsens, particulate matter soars in Delhi)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Wise man or women or H i j r a (whatever), why you could not put the heading in a different way (Those who are responsible to find solution to problems) instead of pointing f i n g e r to make it look as if celebration of Diwali is a sin?
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                          Ram kapoor
                          Oct 31, 2016 at 5:11 am
                          Look like only Delhi celebrated diwali and rest of the country just watching how Delhi is celebrating ... Everyone is so ready with pen paper and keyboard to just get chance to criticize Delhi ... U guys r so obsessed with Delhi ...
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                            Amar
                            Oct 31, 2016 at 6:06 am
                            @ PK either you did not understand my views or you are a moron..But for seems you are one specific political party / religion supporter and advertiser... Seems you support rest 364 days issues except Diwali.....anyways for few people even GOD can't help.. Rest delhite's..Please raise your voice and help yourselves..
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                              Amar
                              Oct 31, 2016 at 5:42 am
                              Please revoke the state status of Delhi..And get the delhi under LG and SC governence for a TRAIL purpose atleast...lt;br/gt;Once so called comman man and vote bank politics is OUT. Then only some hope is possible. Post new comman man party,right now every Delhite justify their their wrong deeds and crime in cover of others wrong practice.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Burning crackers in Shaadi and creating traffic JAM, very late night DJ's. My happnines comes once in life. May the event ruin a halted ambulence or paitenet in next door hospitals.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Burning Crackers in Diwali.. Everyone is trying to kill HINDU culture its our only festival. please check yours.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Loudspeakers and killing animals...here all i can say is someone thinks GOD has hearing and vision issues.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Two strokes Two wheelers... Those non serviced Deisel cars and Petrol cars. Those goods Carring 3 wheelers. Those DTC buses and state buses and private buses..Those high end cars and cars of companies voilating and flouting emmsion norms... And how can you ignore the long long long never ending que of the trucks w night on highways, ring road, GT road , etc etc round the year...PLEASE PLEASE..my vote bank gets effected.. my vote bank get effected.. comman man get effected...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Corporate culture requring to come office in your own vehicles and live in this self suciding city...dispite of world wide requirements getting changed...Please its senior management.. and company policy..OFFICE work get done only in office..Upgrading of the Internet and global requirements is only till getting latest chinese mfg phones, whats app, facebook, insta etc etc...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Please dont make a havoc of diwali...lt;br/gt;Winters have just started...Shaadi will comes..poor man needs to burn garbage to get heat in winters..nearby farmers needs to burn the left out of crops to clear feilds...People need cars.. Everyone needs truck supplies.. Everyone needs the two lanes of all roads to park their redundant cars..etc etc and so on..Please be cultural , please co operate and please be a delhite...
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                                Amarnath
                                Oct 31, 2016 at 4:43 am
                                stop purchasing cars like s and polluting the atmosphere.Will you agree to this?
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                                  Amarnath
                                  Oct 31, 2016 at 4:45 am
                                  thanks Australian.
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                                    Anon
                                    Oct 31, 2016 at 6:28 am
                                    Long time ago, Hinduism being a very "scientific" religion, hindoo quacks, ahem, scientists, had discovered that all such pollution is actually very good for the body. Right?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So, relax, and continue on with ruining the atmosphere, and littering of the environment. After all swach Bharat will take care of all ills.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;*beep* s.
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                                      anoop
                                      Oct 31, 2016 at 6:09 am
                                      bhai logo jab koi Neta election jeeta hai tab uske ghar ke bahar patake fode jaate hai tab koi media ya social worker ect kuch nhi bolta..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;agar koi hindu saal mei ek baar apna festival (diwali) mei patake jalate hai toh sab ko mirch lag jati hai...lt;br/gt;(pollution ki baat vo toh bahut sari cheezo se ho raha hai, un sab ka kya?)
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                                        anoop
                                        Oct 31, 2016 at 11:44 am
                                        toh kya koi insaan apni khusi celebrate nhi kar sakta...
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                                          Ahmed Noori
                                          Oct 31, 2016 at 4:32 am
                                          ISLAM is ISLAM.. Its every festival is safe and peace.. But others ..are very dangerous... Ganpati,, NOISE Popllution..Dewali...Air Pollution.. so they should give these paractice....lt;br/gt;I request all Indian Brothers....to celebrate events As Islamic ways.. Safe and be safe,,,,,lt;br/gt;I will not say to make strong rules to stop these, But I will request all Hindus that you all think genius so work good..lt;br/gt;Islam. behtareen mazhab ,,dharam hai.,.Uska Tehwaar bhi pavitr hai..Aur Log uske Qanoon ko Badal na chahte hain....Pehle apne dekh..Hamara dekHNE WAL ALLAH LORD HAI..KAFI HAI..lt;br/gt;SO DO NOT SPOIL THE MOTHERLAND PLEASE,,,
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                                            Kaushik Basu
                                            Oct 31, 2016 at 5:16 am
                                            We are now standing in 2016 and the air quality in some of the mega cities not only in India but all over the world is either unhealthy or hazardous, global temperature on earth has increased by about 1.4° Fahrenheit since 1980, think about hundred years from now, what we are going to give to our successors?
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