#DelhiSmog

Delhi Celebrates Diwali like no one else, the #extravaganza, the #pomp the #style, the #noise, and so on. This year too it was so different.

With the 4 Day Diwali festival terminating on #1stNovember2016, people woke up next morning getting ready to hit the office after holidays. I opened my balcony and to my surprise, the sight beyond 10 meters had disappeared. Initially, I thought that it was fog and the winters had officially set in. But hold on, I was wrong. I couldn’t stand there for more than 5 minutes and suddenly started breathing a bit heavily and rubbing my eyes. I quickly ventured back into my home and started my normal work.

Pollution in Delhi, which spikes during winter, hit staggering new heights that week, with the city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching 999. To provide a little context, the highest AQI in London is currently 66, in Beijing it is 288, and anything above 500 is considered “hazardous”.

While it has reached crisis point in recent weeks, bad air is nothing new in Delhi. According to the #WorldHealthOrganisation, it is the most polluted city in the world, with an average annual PM 2.5 concentration of 150. Three more Indian cities – Patna, Gwalior and Raipur – follow it in the rankings, while a further nine (Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Firozabad, Kanpur, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Allahabad, Agra and Khanna) are among the top 20.

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The world’s #20mostpollutedcities

  1. Delhi, India
  2. Patna, India
  3. Gwalior, India
  4. Raipur, India
  5. Karachi, Pakistan
  6. Peshawar, Pakistan
  7. Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  8. Khoramabad, Iran
  9. Ahmedabad, India
  10. Firozabad, India
  11. Doha, Qatar
  12. Kanpur, India
  13. Amritsar, India
  14. Ludhiana, India
  15. Igdir, Turkey
  16. Naravangani, Bangladesh
  17. Allahabad, India
  18. Agra, India
  19. Khanna, India

The world’s #10mostpollutedcountries

  1. Pakistan
  2. Qatar
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Iran
  6. Egypt
  7. Mongolia
  8. UAE
  9. India
  10. Bahrain

If we read the list of Polluted countries, though India ranks 9th in a list of 10, we are in a category of not so developed countries. If large production and manufacturing giants like US, UK, Europe can take measures to curb pollution, it’s high time that the #GOI takes stern initiatives to ensure getting the pollution levels at least till the permissible cut off.

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