Air Pollution in Delhi [Latest Update]
I live in the world’s most polluted city. I wish I could show you where I live but only if the smoke clears yeah I’m talking about Delhi now this is the air quality index a reading of 100 or below is considered normal but in Delhi even on normal days. we hit 300 now that’s dangerous and on bad days like in the winters or when our friendly farmers burn the crops double this number shoots up seven hundred, eight hundred, nine hundred,thousand.
What I don’t smoke but I think I might as well start smoking because breathing the Delhi-Ncr Air is Equal To Smoking Fifty Cigarettes every day. this Pollution is killing 33 people in Delhi every single day the number doesn’t shock you well that’s 12,000 dead people in a year from air pollution and at six times the number of deaths from road accidents every year.
Back in the 70s 80s and even 2000s things were not so bad for Delhi. this choking was recorded only in the last 10 years the first dip in air quality. occurs between September to November due to crop burning the second dip takes place in December and January. when the cold winter air prevents pollutants from dispersing the third dip occurs during. the summer months between April and June so Delhi is almost polluted throughout. the year in 2018 the city has less than 120 days of clean breathable air to understand.
This we must actually look beyond the city when a farmer in Punjab or in Haryana decides to burn crops because it’s a cheap way to get rid of stubble. the smoke sort of drifts over here delhi or the entire Northern Plains for that matter is like a basin. which fills with the smoke from crop burning as the air gets dirty and thick with pollutants.
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It stagnates refusing to leave the city but let’s not put all the blame on geography or the farmers the Delhi’s people are also equally to be blamed rapid vehicular traffic growth open construction overpopulation and the felling of trees so. what are the solutions buying fancy masks with spider-man logos house plants air purifiers are simply not stepping out of your homes no guys these are simply stopgap measures.
The Questions we should actually be asking are.
- How can we help the kids growing with permanently compromised lungs the entire next generation of Indians.
- What is the purpose of pollution control laws when they’re not implemented.
- What exactly is the National green tribunal supposed to do apart from collecting fines and why is the government not treating air pollution like a national emergency.
- When will the government stop sponsoring tree cutting.
- How long can Delhiites afford to live in this gas chamber before citizens and the government take it seriously.