Media: air pollution in new Delhi after Diwali has reached alarming levels
NEW DELHI, October 20. /Offset. TASS Evgenie Pahomov/. The condition of the air in the Indian capital new Delhi after the festival of lights, Diwali, when the townspeople blow up on the streets of firecrackers and fireworks reached the degree of “very bad”. As reported on Friday by the TV channel NDTV, the level of air pollution in some areas of the city are exceeded in tens times.
According to the channel, which refers to information of the meteorological Department, the mass concentration of particles with diameters less than 2.5 µm (PM2. 5) amounted to 878 micrograms per cubic meter of air, and the concentration of particles with diameter less than 10 microns (PM10) — 1179 micrograms per cubic meter at the rate for Delhi 60 and 100 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively. In some areas of the city mass concentration of particles less than 10 microns at 6.00 am local time (3.30 GMT) amounted to 2402 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
On the eve of the main holiday of the year Diwali, the authorities took urgent measures to prevent the pollution of the urban atmosphere. On 9 October the Supreme court decided to ban the sale of fireworks in the National capital district of Delhi till November 1, so that citizens do not blow up the firecrackers during the night. Last year after Diwali as the urban atmosphere was the worst in 17 years, residents massively leaving the city, closed schools and colleges.
However, despite the ban on the sale of pyrotechnics, firecrackers, firecrackers and fireworks can be easily bought at the festive bazaars under the counter, so at night in new Delhi was again blown up by thousands of fireworks.
Nevertheless, the forecasters hoped that this year the situation may be better than in the past, as this year marked the stronger the wind, which purifies the atmosphere of the city and drives away from Delhi with smoke from burning peasants in the autumn on stubble fields.