India’s national capital records ‘very poor’ air quality ahead of festival season
- The saga of air pollution during winter led to India’s National Capital Region (NCR) to fall into the ‘very poor’ category on the
Air Quality Index( AQI).
- The Air Quality index was recorded 331 in 32 monitoring station on 25 October 2018
- The situation is expected to worsen after the
Diwalitakes place in November, according to a report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Unchecked factors like inefficient mechanisms to control dust, the burning of paddy crops in neighboring regions like Haryana, and lenient rules for vehicles are set to make a bad problem even worse.
In an attempt to contain the level of worsening air quality, India’s Supreme Court restricted the bursting of fireworks during Diwali, Christmas and New Years in its latest verdict. That being said, people still have the option to burst ‘ green fireworks’ but only between the hours of 8pm to 10pm.
Here’s a report card of Delhi’s rising smog problem over the past four years.