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Citizens in Delhi-NCR woke up to a thick blanket of smog as the National Capital Region recorded ‘hazardous’ air quality on Monday, 5 November.
The level of pollutant PM2.5 reached a ‘severe’ 644 in many parts of NCR ahead of Diwali. This is almost twenty times the safe limit. Pollutant PM2.5 particles can penetrate the lungs and cause several respiratory diseases.
Citizens Forced To Wear Masks or Stay Indoors
The hazardous air quality in Delhi-NCR forced residents to either cover their faces with masks and bandanas or simply stay indoors.
"“It is really bad for our health. We should completely ban crackers and try and reduce the number of private cars on the roads. There should be an incentive for people travelling in public transports and we should make it a way of life as in other developed countries.”" - Resident, Delhi
Even tourists face problems with the very poor air quality in and around the national capital.
"“This is such a beautiful place but we can’t see anything because of the pollution. It is costing in dollars in tourism economically and health-wise.”" - TouristTweeple Share Pictures of the Deadly Delhi Smog
Citizens took to twitter to condemn the state of affairs in the National Capital region. Several of them appealed to fellow citizens to not burst crackers on Diwali and take public transport instead of private cars.
Smog, Delhi NCR. Look at how it faded out the sun. pic.twitter.com/BVeKByGuaL— Priyanjana Roy Das (@toshnard) November 5, 2018
Dense #Fog covers parts of #Delhi NCR today, My pic around Rtk— Navdeep Dahiya (@navdeepdahiya55) November 5, 2018
Some saying smog, no this thick fog with lots of moisture which can even be felt on face... Smog won't get much dense, so looks proper fog to me. Even the colour is proper white, smog looks brownish which is missing. pic.twitter.com/9QjaNRJpL8
"Air pollution in New Delhi has hit hazardous levels with a thick smog covering India’s capital.— Muzamil (@promuzi) November 5, 2018
Pollution levels are 20 times the World Health Organization's recommended limit. pic.twitter.com/NAPqPtgSSM"
Pollution Norm Violators Fined More Than Rs 83 Lakh
Penalty of over Rs 83 lakh was imposed on violators of pollution norms on 4 November alone. Fifty-two teams, deployed to fine violators and ensure measures to curb air pollution were being implemented, imposed a total fine of Rs 83,55,000 on the basis of 368 complaints.
Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that no leniency will be shown towards people who violate pollution norms. He also directed all agencies to be on full alert for air pollution control.
Politics Over Pollution
BJP’s Dr Harsh Vardhan blamed stubble burning in neighbouring states and adverse meteorological conditions for the deadly smog.
Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Delhi can cause “death by breath” and blamed the AAP government in Delhi for failing to act.
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