As Delhi recorded the worst air quality of the year the day after Diwali, heavy and medium goods vehicles have been barred from to entering the national capital for three days from Thursday, 8 November from 11 pm onwards, news agency ANI quoted the Joint Commissioner of Traffic Police, Delhi as saying.
Since people in several cities burst firecrackers before and after the time period specified by the Supreme Court, a report by The Indian express said that his year’s Diwali was more polluted than the last.
A total of 50 lakh crackers were burst on Diwali this year, spreading 1,50,000 kg of mass of PM2.5 into the air.
Rs 80 Lakh Pollution Fines Imposed In 2 Days In Delhi NCR
50 Lakh kg Crackers Burnt This Diwali, 310 Arrested
Close to 50 lakh kilograms of firecrackers were burst in Delhi on Diwali despite a Supreme Court directive limiting the bursting of crackers to only two hours, according to a report by a research group.
That is the same amount of firecrackers burst last year.
Reacting to the report by Urban Emissions, Ritwick Dutta, environment lawyer, said the violation is not unexpected.
In a gross violation of a Supreme Court order, people in several cities burst firecrackers before and after the specified time period.
Loud bangs rent the air in New Delhi. Violations were also reported in Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and other major cities.
According to a Times of India report, the Delhi police registered 634 cases and arrested 310 people for violating the Supreme Court order.
Diwali 2018 More Polluted than Last Year, PM Concentration Spiked at Night
This year’s Diwali in Delhi was more polluted as compared to last year, the Indian Express reported, citing DPCC data.
Wazirpur area in northwest Delhi recorded a PM 2,5 concentration of 936 at 10 pm which shot up to an alarming 4,659 µg/m3 at 1 am. Near the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the PM 2.5 concentration was recoded at 404 µg/m3 at 10 pm, which shot up to 1,771 µg/m3 at midnight and peaked at 1,990 µg/m3 at 1 am.
Similarly at RK Puram, PM2.5 levels went from 602 µg/m3 at 8 pm to 2,851 µg/m3 at 11 pm.
Heavy and Medium Goods Vehicles Not Allowed Inside Post 11 PM
Heavy and medium goods vehicles will not be allowed to enter Delhi on Thursday, 8 November from 11 PM onwards, ANI reported quoting Joint Commissioner of Traffic Police, Delhi.
The ban will continue till 11 pm on 11 November, the report added.
Vehicles carrying essential goods are exempted.
Fire Department Sprinkles Water as Pollution Control Measure
Personnel of fire service department sprinkled water in Delhi’s Anand Vihar area on Thursday, 8 November, to settle the dust as a pollution control measure, ANI reported.
Delhi Records Worst Air Quality of Year After Diwali
Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the year the morning after Diwali as the pollution level entered “severe-plus emergency” category due to rampant bursting of toxic firecrackers, authorities said on Thursday, 8 November.
In a gross violation of a Supreme Court order, people in several cities burst firecrackers until at least midnight, two hours after the 10 PM deadline. Loud bangs rent the air in New Delhi. Violations were also recorded in Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and other major cities.
Diwali Celebrations Continued Long After SC Deadline
Parts of Delhi Register ‘Hazardous’ Levels on AQI
Many areas of Delhi recorded ‘Hazardous’ category in the Air Quality Index (AQI), with Anand Vihar at 999, the area around US Embassy in Chanakyapuri at 459 and the area around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium also at 999.
Delhi air quality improves to ‘poor’ on Diwali
Thick Layer of Smog Engulfs Delhi Post Diwali
Delhi’s pollution levels rose sharply post Diwali as most of the city was blanketed by a thick layer of smog early on Thursday, 8 November.
SAFAR Forecasts “Bad” Air Quality Post Diwali
The SAFAR forecast “bad” air quality on Thursday, 8 November, even though partially toxic crackers were burst as compared to 2017.
It also said the pollution levels would peak between 11 am and 3 am Wednesday and Thursday.
Thick Haze Engulfs Delhi as Diwali Celebrations Continue Long After SC Deadline
The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations in the city indicated “poor” and “very poor” air quality as the volume of ultra-fine particulates PM2.5 and PM10, which enter the respiratory system and manage to reach the bloodstream, sharply rose from around 8 pm.
According to the CPCB data, the 24-hour rolling average of PM2.5 and PM10 were 164 and 294 micrograms per cubic metre respectively.
AQI in Delhi on Diwali Day
According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutant PM 2.5 is at 228 (poor) and PM 10 at 232 (poor) in Lodhi Road area.
Noida to Hold Mega Plantation Drive on 17 November
The Noida Authority is aiming to achieve the goal of sowing 1.5 lakh saplings across the city – breaking its own record of a single-day afforestation created on August 15 – when 1,04,918 saplings were planted, officials said.
Delhi’s Air Quality May Deteriorate to ‘Severe Plus Emergency’
Delhi’s air quality is expected to deteriorate to ‘severe plus emergency’ category after Diwali on November 8 even if “partial toxic crackers” are burned compared to last year, the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) has said.
Pollution dog Recommends Ban On Heavy Vehicles in Delhi For 2 Days
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) held a meeting with transport authorities and advised them to ban the entry of heavy vehicles from November 8 to 10, Prashant Gargava, Member Secretary of the statutory organisation under the environment ministry said.
‘Delhi is Like a Dust Bowl, Collecting Pollution’
Siddharth Singh, author of ‘The Great Smog of India’, while speaking to Bloomberg Quint, said that Delhi’s air pollution problem is amplified because of its geographical location and meteorological condition.
“Delhi has an atmospheric inversion problem as it is in the northern Gangetic plains. This means the wind speeds in the city reduce by more than half in winters, making Delhi a dust bowl that collects pollutants,” he said.
the full interview here:
“Breathing is Killing Me”: Locals Demonstrate Outside Paryavaran Bhavan
Demonstrations were held outside the Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, with students and locals holding placards pointing out that “breathing is killing me” and demanding to know “what happened to NCP (National Contingency Plan)?”
Delhi’s Air Quality Continues to be ‘Poor’
Prominent pollutants PM 2.5 in ‘Severe’ category and PM 10 in ‘Poor’ category in Delhi’s Lodhi Road area.
Delhi Police Seizes 3,847 kg Firecrackers, 26 Arrested so Far
The Delhi police has seized a total of 3847.77 kg of fire crackers in Delhi this year, according to a document procured by news agency ANI. According to the document, 29 cases have been registered and 26 people have been arrested so far.
Delhi’s Air Quality to Be Bad After Diwali Even If Partial Toxic Crackers Burned: SAFAR
Delhi’s air quality is expected to deteriorate to ‘severe plus emergency’ category after Diwali, according to a government-run agency.
Air quality will be “bad” on 8 November even if “partial toxic crackers” are burned compared to last year, the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said.
Delhi Minister Directs Agencies to Undertake Water Sprinkling After Diwali
Delhi’s Environment Minister Imran Hussain directed all concerned agencies to undertake water sprinkling from high-rise buildings after Diwali for settling the suspended dust particles.
According to a statement by the Delhi government, all municipal corporations, Public Works Department (PWD) and the Delhi Fire Service will sprinkle water from high-rise buildings after Diwali on Wednesday.
All Agencies To Be on Full Alert, Says Dr Harsh Vardhan
Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that no leniency will be be shown towards people who violate pollution norms. He also directed all agencies to be on full alert for air pollution control.
According to him, stubble burning in neighbouring states and adverse meteorological conditions are a cause of worry.
Delhi Suffers ‘Death by Breath’, Says Congress’ Abhishek Singhvi
Commenting on the air pollution crisis, Congress’ Abhishek Singhvi said that Delhi and north Delhi suffer from a disease called ‘death by breath’.
Speaking at a press conference in Delhi, Singhvi criticised the current air quality condition in the capital and blamed Delhi government for failing to act.
Faux Lungs Installed in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital to Raise Awareness
A pair of faux lungs have been installed by the Help Delhi Breathe initiative, the Lung Care Foundation and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The installation has been put up in an attempt to raise awareness about air pollution and to show its detrimental effects on the lungs of those living in Delhi.
The lungs are made of HEPA filters (same as those used in face masks) and they have fans inside them to pull in the air and mimic the function of human lungs.
Air purifiers were also installed at ITO area of New Delhi.
Pollution Norm Violators Fined More Than Rs 83 Lakh on 4 Nov Alone
Penalty of over Rs 83 lakh was imposed on violators of pollution norms on 4 November alone. 52 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.
This practice of fining violators is being carried out under the ‘Clean Air Campaign’ by The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Tweeple Share What “Hazardous” Looks Like
Various people from Delhi-NCR have taken to Twitter to condemn the sorry state of affairs and to appeal to all to not burst crackers and make it all even worse this Diwali.
Air Quality Predicted to Be Very Poor
“The AQI (air quality index) is predicted to be in the lower range of Very Poor today as the atmosphere is relatively clean,” a System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) official told Press Trust of India.