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Will a ban on cracker sale solve Delhi pollution problem?

Will a ban on cracker sale solve Delhi pollution problem?

09:30 AM

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Delhiites showed mixed emotions right after a ban on the sale of firecrackers from the Supreme Court came out on Monday. While, some correlated this ban that came just 10 days prior to the most celebrated Diwali festival with the encroachment of the court on Hindu traditions, festivals, and faith. There were a few who supported this decision.

However, the cause remains the same. The fact that Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the country is now not unknown anymore. To enhance the air quality of Delhi and NCR, the step of staying the ban on the sale of crackers might be beneficial. However, it’s not only the firecrackers that result in deteriorating the air quality causing Delhiites to breathe in smoky air.

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The burning of crop residue in the neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana are also to be blamed for worsening the air quality of Delhi and its adjoining Noida, Faridabad, Gurugram, and Ghaziabad. Even though the National Green Tribunal has prohibited the crop burning practices in Punjab and Haryana, the governments of Punjab and Haryana have demanded additional funds from the Central Government to implement this decision.

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In the period of four months between October and January, a dense mist is often seen in Delhi. The weather plays a most prominent role in the rising air pollution in Delhi's air. In winter, the moisture increases in the atmosphere. Due to this, pollutants spread by dust, smoke and carbon dioxide remain low in the air and the smoke sheet is visible.

As per Skymet Weather, presently, humid south-east winds are prevailing in Delhi and NCR resulting in the development of mist or haze during the morning hours. As of now, there is less hope for a change in the wind direction for the next 3-4 days. Wind reversal from southeasterly to northwesterly in Delhi and adjoining regions will take place from October 16, resulting in the reduction in the pollution levels.

However, due to this change and ban on firecrackers, it is expected that Delhi will be clean on Diwali this year.

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