Smog has enveloped Delhi in the first week of November 2016. Nothing is visible beyond a few meters in the mornings. As the wind speed in Delhi is almost negligent as witnessed in the first week of November 2016, and as the sky is covered by a thick blanket of smog that also hovers over the ground, visibility is reduced to about 100 meters.
The air quality in the city has been become the worst in two decades, taking it to the severe zone. The government of Delhi blames it on crop stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, road dust and vehicular pollution.
It is estimated that over 600 million tons of agricultural wastes are burnt by farmers during the months of autumn and winter.
Pollution hits a peak as Delhi decides to burn their ‘no-crackers-on-Diwali’ resolutions.
Many areas in Delhi witnessed zero visibility including the railway stations, highways and airports.
The morning after Diwali in Delhi was all smog with residents left with no option but to breath the poisonous air with pollution levels in many areas reaching levels 40 times over the safe limits. Delhi easily beat Beijing’s worst air pollution events on the night of Diwali and it seemed that the slew of awareness measures taken by the government and pledges taken by the public failed to do any good.