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New Delhi: On Thursday, the people of the capital Delhi had to start the day with suffocating breath amidst smog and pollution. People also complained of burning in the eyes along with difficulty in breathing.
Arjun Prajapati, a resident of Noida, alleged that despite the government’s imposition of restrictions, there has been a huge sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR region.
“Despite the government’s ban, so many crackers were sold in Diwali, which led to this situation,” he said. There is so much trouble that I am not even able to breathe, there is burning in my eyes. Pollution is increasing. The government should take some steps for this.
The air quality index (AQI) in the national capital stood at 364 (very poor category) at 8 am and was at 408 (severe) with slow wind speed at 7 am. During this, there was also a sudden increase in pollution due to alleged stubble burning, which led to a deterioration in the quality of the air.
Apart from this, there is a blanket of mist in the city, due to which senior citizens are finding it difficult to breathe.
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An elderly man said, ‘Amidst the pollution, we have difficulty in breathing, burning in the nose. When we came here for morning walk, the whole area was covered with smog.
The national capital (NCR) remained in the grip of bad air. According to data released by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) India, Noida, which is part of the National Capital Region, had AQI at 393 ‘very poor’, while Gurugram’s AQI stood at 318 ‘very poor’. remained at ‘bad’ level.
Another resident of NCR said, ‘The government is imposing a lot of restrictions, but no one followed it, recently in Diwali, despite the ban on firecrackers, many people burst crackers.’
He said, ‘When I came for a walk in the morning, I felt itching in my eyes and burning in my throat. Other states are failing to prevent farm fires. Now winter is coming, which is another reason for increasing pollution.
Locals are complaining about stubble burning in the neighboring states, Punjab and Haryana.
The local people of Delhi said, ‘We should hold ourselves accountable along with the politicians. People are suffering from pollution due to stubble burning.
Meanwhile, the school children demanded their school administration to close the schools till the situation returns to normal.
Divyansh, a student of Gyan Ganga Shiksha Niketan School, Haldwani, spoke about the pollution caused by the tail-end pipes of private vehicles.
Divyansh said, ‘Schools should also be closed so that people do not use private vehicles. Apart from this, the government should also close factories and offices.
According to SAFAR data, the AQI in Model Town’s Dhirpur dropped to a level of 457, which can make even healthy people fall ill.
The AQI near IGI Airport (T3) today stood at 346 in ‘Very poor’ category. AQI 350 was recorded in the area on Wednesday.
With the worsening of air pollution in the national capital, Delhi authorities have put all construction and demolition work on hold till further orders.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has urged the Delhi government to close schools till the air quality improves.
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