The people of National Capital breathed in cleanest air in the last five years, for a day that fall immediately after Dussehra. The environment officials said that the situation might change after a week.
During the celebration of Dussehra, the tower-like effigies of Ravan are burnt and fireworks and crackers are also burnt, in these days the neighbouring state of Delhi (Punjab and Haryana) opt for farm fires that usually led spike in air pollution in the National Capital and make Delhi’s air unfit for breathing.
The data of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) shows that the AQI (Air Quality Index) was recorded 173 compared to 326 last year.
The scientists of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that winds and a prolonged monsoon had a major part to play in keeping pollutants in check. But that may change after October 12.
According to Kuldeep Srivastava (head of IMD’s regional weather forecasting) said “The monsoon withdrawal has begun. It has started withdrawing in Punjab, western Haryana and northern Rajasthan, and in the next three to four days monsoon will withdraw from Delhi. After this, the wind direction will also change and pollution levels are likely to increase.”
A conscious effort to cut back firework and effigy burning has contributed to improve the air quality of Delhi said experts and organisers of the Dussehra celebration.
The resident of Lajpat Nagar said that instead of burning effigy of Ravan the colony decided to have a Laser show on ‘Ravan Dahan’, eventually, it contributed to lowering air pollution.