Smog, smog everywhere, how are we to breathe? Delhiites vent on Twitter

Since morning, Delhiites have been steadfastly posting photos and tweeting about the smog and increased levels of smog and the low visibility.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 2, 2016 2:18 pm
Pollution leves in the capital New Delhi rose alarmingly on wednesday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 021116 ‘Breathe and die’ some Delhiites have tweeted. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Wednesday morning, Delhi woke up to hazardous levels of pollution and extremely reduced visibility even three days after Diwali. The reasons for this degradation have been attributed to smoke due to firecrackers and negligible wind speed to disperse the pollutants.

According to the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the air quality index in Delhi on Wednesday touched the 500 mark, marked severe. 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.

To put the number in perspective, Mumbai showed a “Good to moderate” an air quality index, well under 200.

Delhi has long been towards the top of the red list, in terms of pollution. The Capital 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, on Tuesday, said the state government will take strong steps to tackling the problem of pollution, which has been growing at an alarming pace.

Since morning, Delhiites have been steadfastly posting photos and tweeting about the smog and increased levels of smog and the low visibility. Such is the state of affairs that people have been complaining about smog inside offices! Mostly, the anger is directed at the bursting of crackers during Diwali. Already there were many who have been running a campaign to make the festival a cracker-free one, this year’s pollution levels have given those guys enough mileage to say, “We told you so!”

Take a look at some of the tweets:

The next three days is forecast to be just as severe in the national capital, SAFAR said.

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  1. C
    Citizen kane
    Nov 3, 2016 at 6:16 am
    Indinas cannot do anything or celebrate anything without affecting somebody else's or hurt them. When you get married you parade around the streets causing traffic jams and noise pollition, and when you celebrate diwali, u did so in the manner in which you hurt the environment and produce noise pollition again. Surely bursting crackers must be very important, more important than your own environment and pollution. You all talk of pollution and yet when it comes to bursting crackers and other sources of pollution, you welcome it with open arms as long as u are enjoying it. No politics or politicians could save your environment. Start banning diesel cars again to curb the pollution and get a big fat money from it again. I love India, full of dramas.
    1. B
      Nov 2, 2016 at 10:33 am
      It is Hindu religion to blame. No Hindu reigion is environment friendly.
      1. Budd Margolis
        Nov 2, 2016 at 1:16 pm
        Ban firecrackers in the winter when the pollution is worse. There is no religious obligation to light firecrackers. How people can smoke cigarettes as well is simply crazy but mostly they only impact themselves, firecrackers hurt everyone and drive the AQI to hazardous levels. Annually 40,000 Delhites die prematurely because of the air pollution. Children, elderly, the pregnant, those with cardiac and respiratory issues suffer the most. There are many reasons for this problem and many solutions but is there the will to improve health and the standard of living for everyone?
        1. S
          Saurabh Vashist
          Nov 4, 2016 at 4:50 am
          unauthorised and illegal factories in residential area is main reason for pollution in Delhi