3 months after Diwali, Delhi AQI still in ‘very poor’ category

The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was in the ‘very poor’ category on Friday with a reading of 331. According to Safar India, the overall Delhi air quality is in the lower end of the very poor category as forecasted.

“Surface winds are low and they are likely to marginally improve during day time. The ventilation is likely to stay in the same range and no significant change in AQI is expected in the next couple of days,” the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar) India said.

“AQI is likely to stay in the very poor category for the next two days. It is likely to marginally improve to the lower end of very poor to poor category on February 15,” it added. The US Embassy in Delhi showed an AQI reading of 313 in the hazardous category. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) AQI reading was at 366 in the very poor category.

We wonder whom the left-liberals in Lutyens will blame for the poor air quality in Delhi now? As it has been 3 months since their favourite punching-bag, the Hindu festival of Diwali, passed. Every year, just weeks before Diwali the anti-Hindu legal-activist ecosystem gets activated, articles start appearing about air pollution and health hazards from fireworks, and PILs are taken up for hearing by higher judiciary and bodies like NGT. Schools go into overdrive with ‘no-fireworks’ pledges being taken from little kids.

Licenses given to fireworks wholesalers and small traders months in advance are suddenly revoked, pushing many into financial ruin. The indigenous Sivakasi fireworks industry has been ravaged by the arbitrary rulings emanating from courts and governments. But the establishment elites don’t care for all this, blinded as they are by their contempt for ordinary, practising Hindus.

If an alien were to land in Delhi during Diwali season, it would appear to it that lighting fireworks during Diwali is the most evil and irresponsible action imaginable! All other causes of air pollution, including the major one of stubble burning by farmers in Punjab (and to some extent in Haryana and West UP), are forgotten. In fact, the penalties for stubble burning proposed by the much-maligned farm reforms had to be rescinded after Punjab farmers unions started protesting – but not one person from the Lutyens’ cabal which wails against fireworks said anything in protest!


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