Delhi-NCR Wakes Up To ‘Hazardous’ Air Quality Ahead Of Diwali

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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.

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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