Delhi, the bustling capital of India, has found itself in the third rank among the top 10 most polluted cities across the nation, post-Diwali. The Diwali festival, celebrated with much enthusiasm by the Hindu community, involves a tradition of bursting firecrackers. The repercussions of this ritual have been a significant increase in air pollution levels following the festival.
Deteriorating Air Quality Across Indian Cities
Over the past fortnight, Indian cities have experienced a gradual decline in air quality. The festival of Diwali, marked by the widespread bursting of firecrackers, has further accelerated this degradation. The smoke and emissions from these fireworks contribute heavily to the pollution levels. Such an extreme level of pollution has raised eyebrows, despite the fact that Delhi has been no stranger to such severe environmental conditions. Critics have questioned the efforts of the Aam Admi party, the ruling government, even as they strive to mitigate the situation.
Several other significant cities in India are grappling with similar issues, Mumbai being one of them. The Indo-Gangetic plain, which encompasses numerous cities, had recorded ‘severe to very poor’ air quality over the past few weeks. This situation was slightly improved just before Diwali due to the Western disturbances. However, the pollution levels soared again post-Diwali, primarily due to the burning of firecrackers, coupled with vehicular emissions.
Moreover, among the cities with the worst air quality recorded at 6:30 am, two were from Haryana, three from Uttar Pradesh, two from Punjab, two from Bihar, one from Rajasthan, and the national capital, Delhi. The escalating pollution problem has sparked widespread concern and controversy among the populace.
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