Pollution hits a peak as Delhi decides to burn their ‘no-crackers-on-Diwali’ resolutions

Many areas in Delhi witnessed zero visibility including the railway stations, highways and airports.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 11:41 am
pollution, delhi pollution, delhi air pollution, delhi smog, smog delhi, delhi diwali, diwali air pollution, firecrackers pollution, air pollution delhi, india news New Delhi reels under the seasons worst air quality a day after fireworks Diwali fireworks on Monday early morning. The smog covered the city with respirable pollutants reaching perilious levels. (Source: PTI Photo)

The morning after Diwali in Delhi was all smog with residents left with no option but to breath the poisonous air with pollution levels in many areas reaching levels 40 times over the safe limits. Delhi easily beat Beijing’s worst air pollution events on the night of Diwali and it seemed that the slew of awareness measures taken by the government and pledges taken by the public failed to do any good.

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Many areas in the city witnessed zero visibility including the railway stations, highways and airports. Normal life stalled in the morning as it became dangerous to navigate on roads due to the alarming drop in visibility.

Delhi doesn’t boast of the cleanest air. The Delhi High Court even went to the extreme calling the national capital a gas chamber last week. However, the morning after Diwali, it was anything less than one. The particulate matter — PM 2.5 and PM 10 — pollutants reached levels at least 15 times above the safe limits throughout the city. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee reported that air quality in places like RK Puram was 42 times worse than what can be called safe. Seven out of the ten most polluted places in the country were reported in the Capital after Diwali which is an alarming metric. PM pollutants enter the respiratory system to cause medical issues and can even prove fatal in cases of prolonged exposure to dangerous levels.

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Burning loads of crackers on Diwali is a habit that the government cannot take away from Indians. And in the Capital, there is almost a competition to outdo each other and no amount of sensitisation or awareness campaigns have proved effective till date.

The massive amount of air and sound pollution caused by burning of crackers leave millions choked every year. The double-speaking population seems indifferent to the troubles of elders, children and animals and many are left with no option but to stay locked up inside their house on a festival.

Not many concur with this argument and would contend that they burn crackers once a year unlike people who own cars and pollute the environment on a daily basis. These kinds of arguments have always given a satisfactions to us and rid us of any chances of guilt of causing harm to anyone–unleashing massive amounts of poisonous gases is apparently justified if done once or twice a year.

Environmental conditions like low wind speeds, cooler temperature and moist air contribute to extending the suspension of such pollutants near the ground. But such conditions are not the cause of the problem. A section of the residents contribute to creating an unhealthy environment for the entire city with such activities and that is a reality that we face every Diwali.

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    Indian
    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:17 am
    go and tell people to donate blood instead of wasting on a certain day by beating yourself.. if someone wants to control the pollution, let them not drive or do anything on a day or two.. do not come and tell people not to burn cracker on joyous night of dipawali
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      John Johnny
      Oct 31, 2016 at 3:22 pm
      Don't burn crackers on Diwali and poison the atmosphere you .
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        krishnaswami
        Oct 31, 2016 at 11:54 am
        Also the main cause of pollution is rearing cattle cows and goats for meat. Run a campaign not to kill goats for sacrifice on id days and also not to kill cows for meat as they are they are done day in and day out causing huge pollution. Cutting goats also causes huge inconvenience to people as blood runs all over the place. Run a campaign to stop that. Last but not the least on news years Eve too much of crackers are burst all over the world by the christians to commemorate the new years eve. RunA campaign to stop that too. Once you do all that come and preach to hindus to stop bursting crackers on diwali.
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          Mamta
          Oct 31, 2016 at 9:04 pm
          If you are a hindu then you should have atleast know that all festivals of Hindus are objected every year why?
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            Mamta
            Oct 31, 2016 at 8:41 pm
            It's correct that bursting crackers are not good to some extent but it's a festival which everyone are enjoying why to mess up. People are not dying with that pollution and that too it lasts for 3 days. Indians shud show some level of maturity. It's not even a matter of debate.
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              Sanjay Mishra
              Oct 31, 2016 at 7:54 pm
              These pseudo secularist are running aggressive campaign to put ban on every hindu celebration and way of life. Holi, Durga pooja, Ganesh pooja, Dipawali, karva chauth and list goes on. I request Hindus not to fall in this christian agenda of sabotaging all our festivals. No hinduism will be left without what we call Uttasava. They don't find any problem with slaughter of millions of animals all around world, pollution added by cars, chemicals, and jet industry which is pumping millions of tons of pollutant in air, millions of more time than fire cracker burned for a day. Will they give away their flying and riding car on the name of pollution. HINDUS must celebrate their religion festivities with full august and enthusiasm.
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                Abhinav
                Oct 31, 2016 at 8:20 pm
                The crackers you bursted this Diwali.....
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                  Abhinav
                  Oct 31, 2016 at 8:20 pm
                  You know what you should learn to be a Hindu first before u claim u r one....Hindu religion does not talk about bursting crackers.....be wise and use your brain and done make it another religion conflict what's wrong is wrong.....
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