Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Almost 50 Lakh Kg of Firecrackers Burst This Diwali in Delhi

Almost 50 Lakh Kg of Firecrackers Burst This Diwali in Delhi

The day after Diwali, November 8, however, saw a higher concentration of PM 2.5, at 127 µg/m3, and PM 10, at 195.3µg/m3, which fall in the "very poor" and "poor" category respectively.

But the choking capital s 20 million residents largely ignored the court s ruling and staged a free-for-all night of colourful, deafening pyrotechnics that left the megacity s air more than five times over safe limits.

A level of 50 or less is considered healthy.

Mumbai Mirror, with the help of activists, surveyed various parts of the city on Diwali night and, even though noise and air pollution levels were not as bad as previous year, they were still way above the danger mark.

The US Consulate's air quality index on Thursday showed PM 2.5 count as "very unhealthy" at 211 AQL - meaning everyone may experience serious health effects. The period following Diwali previous year saw hospitals inundatedwith people suffering the effects of air pollution.

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A day after Diwali, many parts of the country were shrouded in haze on Thursday as pollution levels spiked to unsafe levels with several people celebrating the festival of lights with sound and lots of smoke in defiance of the Supreme Court two-hour limit for bursting firecrackers.

But Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is more concerned about the impact of weak farm incomes, high fuel prices, and whether job creation has been adequate as issues at the polls.

A man coughs despite wearing a mask a day after Diwali.

"I regularly cycle around here and what I can (see) today the pollution has really gone up after Diwali", he said.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj conceded that the orders to restrict crackers till 10 pm were not followed.

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The Supreme Court's strict directive and a moderately high wind speed appeared to be the reason the Air Quality Index (AQI) did not reach the "severe" level.

It also said the contribution to the PM2.5 pollution due to stubble emission was marginal. These particles are about 30 times finer than a human hair and can cause respiratory diseases and other ailments if inhaled.

The official said they are waiting for meteorological conditions to become stable and then use cloud seeding for inducing artificial rain.

In 2016, Diwali festivities in Delhi raised pollution levels to their highest in almost two decades - forcing the closure of schools and other emergency measures.

This initiative will continue for a few days. 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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