It seems worst spell of air pollution which left Delhiites gasping for fresh air since more than one and half-month now is over. Wednesday was recorded as best day in terms of inhaling fresh clean air due to light rain in some parts of Delhi-NCR which led pollutants to get dispersed. As per the Central Pollution Control Board report, Delhi’s overall average air quality index (AQI) was in moderate category at 134, as against 270 on Tuesday.
Before this, the national capital breathed clean air in moderate category on October 8, when the air quality was recorded at 112.
Since then, AQI has been oscillating between very poor to severe category leading people in the national capital to take precautionary measures like wearing masks and avoiding morning and evening walk. The deteriorating air pollution has been a matter of debate in recent days with various stakeholders trying to put blame on others. Stubble burning in neighbouring states including Punjab and Haryana was one of the prime reasons cited by some officials and a section of experts.
Even the Supreme Court became livid over the issue and directed state administrations including centre to chalk out permanent solution of the issue which has become usual phenomena in the national capital especially after Diwali.
While hearing a petition, the apex court recently snubbed Centre and the Delhi Government, holding them responsible for the crisis. In a scathing remark the court said, “Why are people being forced to live in gas chambers? It is better to kill them all in one go, get explosives in 15 bags at one go. Why should people suffer all this? Instead, a blame game is going on in Delhi, I am literally shocked,” Justice Arun Mishra told Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General for the central government.
The two-member bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was referring to increasing instances of stubble burning in neighbouring states.