Supreme Court has announced a decision to ban the sale of firecrackers in the metropolitan city Delhi due to festival of Diwali. This verdict of Supreme Court has impressed the doctors as well as environmentalists. They articulated belief that it would help to make a moderately cleaner Diwali in 2017.
“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision on ban of firecrackers’ auction in Delhi-NCR. In the month of October, this decision may provide some reprieve from the continuous air pollution in Delhi. But, the pollution levels in north India are several times upper than the normal level during the winter months. Moreover, we also require looking at a stricter, inclusive and time-bound step to speak to all basis of air pollution across India,’ Greenpeace India stated.
Every body parts get influenced due to the increase of pollution, affirmed Dr. Sandeep Nayar, HOD.
“Health problems including asthma have increased in the capital and there is no uncertainty that such diseases might get increase in coming days too,” asserted Dr. Nayar.
Dr. S. P. Byotra, chairman and head, Department of Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital stated, “Of all the other factors, open field burning is responsible for 12% to 25% of particulate pollution in Delhi. Fall in wind speed is making the situation worse. We are witnessing almost 40% to 50% increase in OPD patients with respiratory problems. Wearing pollution mask, controlling indoor air quality and using air purifiers at home may give some relief to such patients.”
The specialists affirmed that the air quality worsens radically at the time of Diwali as a solid layer of smog combined with hazardous chemicals surround the city.
“The concentrations of ultra-fine PM2.5 reach as high as 1,000 ug/m3, nearly 17 times the safe limit of 60 ug/m3. The levels are usually highest in the early mornings and late evenings. Morning joggers, schoolchildren, and elderly are more vulnerable to such highly toxic smog,’’ asserted Dr. Puneet Khanna, senior consultant and head, Department of Interventional Pulmonology stated.
Last year, Delhi’s air pollution levels were noted in a category of “severe” pollution. It was recorded at an average of PM 2.5 level and more than 700g/m³.