Air pollution highest since 2013 this Diwali

Celebrations Turn Noisy With Deafening Fireworks On Three Days I Smog Adds To Breathing Troubles
Air pollution in the city during Diwali festivities was at its worst this year since 2013, scientists at System for Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said on Wednesday after an analysis. They also found the air quality index high on October 30, 31 and November 1, the main days of the festival.A study for the period between 2013 and 2016 shows that there was maximum emission of smoke from the use of fire crackers on Laxmi Puja day and a day after. This year, a nip in the air added to the pollution.

If the air quality index is between 201-300, it is categorized as poor and if it is between 301-400, it is considered very poor, indicating health risks for people sensitive to air pollution. This year, it was 192 and fell under the moderate level, but was the highest since 2013.

“Pune’s air quality levels have ranged from moderate to very poor during Diwali. However, it is expected to improve over the next three days with a rise in the minimum temperatures,” SAFAR’s senior programme officer Neha Parkhi said. A dip in minimum temperatures, low wind speed and emissions from fire crackers on Diwali day has pushed up the air quality index, an indicator to measure pollution levels.

Source : TOI