The day next to Diwali has been the cleanest air this year in seven years. However, the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Diwali and the day after it was recorded in the “very poor” category. Despite the ban imposed by the Delhi government, people burst crackers on Diwali.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI was recorded at 312 on Diwali and 303 on Tuesday. It is considered ‘good’ between zero and 50, ‘satisfactory’ between 51 and 100, ‘moderate’ between 101 and 200, ‘poor’ between 200 and 300, and ‘very poor’ between 301 and 400. The AQI on Diwali this year was the lowest in the last three years. The day after Diwali last year it was the worst with 462. Last year it was 382 on Diwali day. Weather conditions have played a big role in keeping the air quality better this year.
The wind speed hindered the accumulation of pollutants. Pollution reduced due to increase in wind speed on Tuesday morning. This year the emission from firecrackers also seems to be less. Along with this, there has also been a decrease in stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. The Delhi government has banned the storage, sale and operation of firecrackers in view of environmental concerns and health hazards. Sanctions Imposed. There is a provision of six months jail along with fine on those who violate this ban. Last week, the Supreme Court also refused to lift the ban on firecrackers due to pollution. In states like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, many people of Delhi violated this ban due to the sale of firecrackers.
The capital has been facing a lot of difficulties due to pollution and dense fog during the winter season for the last several years. To deal with this, the Delhi government has recently started a Green War Room. Due to this, 24 hours air pollution in the capital monitoring Along with this, measures to deal with it can also be implemented. This advanced green war room will monitor pollution 24X7. This will also help in implementing the necessary measures set out in the Revised Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).