Air quality in Delhi continues to be 'severe'; Relief unlikely soon

Katie Ramirez
November 11, 2020

"The air quality is likely to be recorded in the upper end of the "very poor" category on Diwali if we discount firecrackers emissions". The administration seems to be strict on the order of the firecrackers ban. "We can make a change if we are together", Kangujam further said.

However, the tribunal, which has powers of a regular court, relaxed the rules for areas relatively less affected by pollution. The money that will be used under the National Clean Air Programme to improve air quality in these cities.

But it did not say if there was such a thing as environmentally-safe fireworks.

The air in India's capital region becomes very polluted every winter.

Delhi doctors have seen a significant increase in the number of patients complaining of respiratory illnesses over the past few days, when pollution has been in the "severe" category.

According to Ministry of Earth Science's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, "There are 3 major factors which are responsible for the "terrible" air - due to entry of high moisture content, extremely calm local surface winds and favourable transport level wind direction".

The share of stubble burning in Delhi's PM2.5 pollution was 22 per cent on Tuesday.

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The government is expected to offer more clarification on this week's announcement tomorrow. But that doesn't mean we will bring everybody under a heavy regulatory structure.

If PM2.5 and PM10 levels are more than 300 g/m3 and 500 g/m3 for over 48 hours, emergency measures such ban on construction activities, entry of trucks and vehicle rationing scheme can be implemented under the Graded Response Action Plan for Delhi-NCR notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2017.

"We have sold more air purifying units in the last week than in the entire year", a city trader commented.

At the same time, in view of the deteriorating environment due to corona and pollution, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has banned firecrackers completely.

Recently, the Indian Medical Association said pollution led to the rise of COVID-19 cases in Delhi by 13 per cent.

The city has reported 431,000 cases since January.

In addition to the air pollution, the capital has been fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Kangujam, who is also the founder of "The Child Movement", has always been on the forefront of the fight against air pollution.

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