Delhi doesn’t care for the Supreme Court, worse it doesn’t care for itself!

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How much can a Supreme Court ban hope to achieve? Seems like Delhi doesn't care for the Supreme Court, worse it doesn't care for itself!
How much can a Supreme Court ban hope to achieve? Seems like Delhi doesn't care for the Supreme Court, worse it doesn't care for itself!

Delhi and the National Capital Region on Thursday woke up to a thick smog the day after Diwali celebrations in the region. The Supreme Court order to burst crackers from 8 pm to 10 pm only on Diwali and other festivals were not followed properly. Several areas showed a spike in the air pollution.

The overall Air Quality Index at 6 am was at 325, according to the Central Pollution Control Board, but the AQI at multiple places including Anand Vihar was at 999, beyond which a deterioration in air quality cannot be measured. The CPCB measures a 24-hour average of air quality while the AQI is measured in real time. According to the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research or SAFAR, the overall AQI in Delhi was 467 at 7.30 am, 483 in Noida, and 325 in Gurugram.

There were several violations of the Supreme Court order on firecrackers, with people bursting fireworks outside of the two-hour limit mandated by the court. The court had also instructed that only “green fireworks” be burst between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali. Violations of the order were reported from across the NCR – at Mayur Vihar Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Lutyens Delhi, IP extension, Dwarka, and Noida Sector 78 among other places, according to PTI.

Environmental lawyer Rahul Chaudhary had earlier told Firstpost that catching somebody who has committed a crime against clean air is extremely difficult. Think about air for a second, its disposition changes every hour, every day. How will evidence be recorded? “Virtually nobody has been convicted in the air act until now. Just like traffic police issues a chalaan on skipping a red light, punishment should be instant.”

A “very poor” AQI essentially means that people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on a prolonged exposure to such air. If the air quality dips further, the AQI will turn “severe”, which may trouble even those with sound health conditions and seriously affect those with ailments.

Each year, smoke from festival firecrackers significantly adds to pollution levels in Delhi and its satellite cities, resulting a haze that can linger for days as wind speeds drop in the cooler weather.

In a country of 125 crore residents, National Crime Records Bureau data from 2014 to 2016 shows that under the Air Act, there were 48 incidents registered in 2014, 50 in 2015 and 25 in 2016. How much can a Supreme Court ban hope to achieve? On the morning after Diwali, the capital is waking up to a deadly mix of toxics they call air.

References- firstpost.com, scroll.in, internet

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