Thick Faze, Smog Persist In Delhi, Air Quality Slips To 'Hazardous'

Thick Faze, Smog Persist In Delhi, Air Quality Slips To 'Hazardous'

Delhi's pollution level post-Diwali almost doubled in comparison to past year and entered the "severe-plus emergency" category (ten times permissible limit) as people burst firecrackers before and after the Supreme Court stipulated time frame of 8 pm to 10 pm. The AQI was 281 at 7 pm.

Last month, the Supreme Court allowed the use of "green" firecrackers for Diwali, but only for two hours in the evening. It had allowed manufacture and sale of only "green crackers", which have a low light and sound emission and less harmful chemicals.

But despite the court order, there were reports of violatiosn from many areas long after 10pm. In case of a violation, the station house officer of the police station concerned would be held personally liable and it would amount to committing contempt of the court, the court had said. The AQI in Anand Vihar was 585, 343 in RK Puram and 467 in the area around the US Embassy.

On Wednesday night Delhites largely defied a court order and set off an huge barrage of smoke-spewing firecrackers to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Diwali, sending pollution levels soaring.

The police have promised appropriate action.

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A "severe plus emergency" AQI essentially means that even healthy people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on prolonged exposure.

A level of 50 or less is considered safe.

On Friday, levels of particulates 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, the most harmful to human health, peaked at 845, according to the USA embassy website that monitors air quality independently. In recent weeks Delhi doctors have reported an increase in the number of patients with respiratory problems due to a rise in pollution levels from burning crop residue, vehicle exhausts and industrial gases.

Sharma said Friday the AAP government has "failed" to take measures needed to address the problem of air pollution which was reflected in "low-grade" allegations on him by AAP leaders. Large swathes of India's northern states remained under dense smog that has shut hundreds of thousands of schools, disrupted air and railway services and forced residents to stay indoors.

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