This year, the festival of Deepawali brought a bouquet of weather changes in almost the entire country. While there were measures taken by the Government of Delhi to curb the rising pollution levels by banning the cracker sale, Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi came out to be the most polluted city on Diwali, second by Kolkata and then Agra.
The news that amazed most of us was that the so-called ‘Garden City’, Bengaluru also witnessed striking pollution levels. Unlike the Delhi Government, the Karnataka Government failed to halt the residents to burst crackers during the three-day long festival that resulted in worsening the air quality. Due to this, the pollution levels in Bengaluru witnessed a hike by approx 50%.
As per the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), the air quality observed from October 17 to October 20 uncovers that the PM10 level expanded by 1.6% amid evenings when contrasted with the Deepavali a year ago.
Particulate Matter of under 10 microns survey went to 141.7 micrograms per cubic meter between October 18 and 20, which surpasses the admissible furthest reaches of 100, as well as significantly more than 92.7 micrograms per cubic meter seen only a day prior to the celebrations.