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:
— Jagriti Motwani (@jagritim) November 2, 2016
— Manas Fuloria (@mfuloria) November 2, 2016
Today’s smog level in Delhi: Breathe and die.
— Bidisha Das (@bee_muses) November 2, 2016
Mere office ke andar bhi dhuan. By God. Delhi NCR wale marenge jaldi. #delhipollution
— Inder J ???? (@OfficialInderJ) November 2, 2016
— Giles Gibson (@Giles_wion) November 2, 2016
Delhi feels like winter, only except that it is completely engulfed in smog instead of fog ?? #delhipollution
— Ali Yawer Usmani (@aliusmani) November 2, 2016
Pic1- Faridabad –>Gurgaon – 8 am
Pic2- Gurgaon DLF Phase 1- 1030 am
— Monica Jasuja (@jasuja) November 2, 2016
— Sucharita (@suchionline) November 2, 2016
The next three days is forecast to be just as severe in the national capital, SAFAR said.