Post Diwali, the mornings have become a tough for the people in Dwarka due to rising level of air pollution. Pollution has reached to hazardous level as per the data. Since Diwali, people have started feeling suffocation in the morning and evening.
Due to pollution, daily visitors to the parks have become lesser in number. Swati Gupta, a resident of Sector 6 is a regular morning walker but since Diwali, she has stopped coming for her morning walk due to pollution. She said, “The rising pollution is alarming for us to survive. I am waiting for its downfall so that I could resume my morning walk.”
People who were seen in the park today morning worn masks on their face and shared that due to their morning walk habit, they visit the parks with precautions. PK Singh, a resident of Sector 14 said, “I cannot miss my morning walk a single day so I did not stop. I am using mask and that will protect me from pollution and Covid both.”
On the subject, Cardiologist Dr Nitin suggested that people should avoid going in parks in the morning for exercise until the pollution level gets down. He emphasised that despite masks, there would be a negative impact if exercise would be done in such pollution level in open. He said, “This pollution has particulate matters with combined ingredients from traffic pollution- carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons and nitric oxides along with photo-chemical smog which is formed when sunlight reacts with these compounds and forms noxious mixture constituting of Aldehydes, Ozone and other volatile organic compounds. So be at home and don’t go in parks for exercise until the pollution level comes down.”
He said that poor air quality has long been linked to lung and heart problems, including coronary artery disease, emphysema, respiratory infections, stroke, and cancer. It also is dangerous for pregnant women, as it can contribute to birth defects. “ Air pollution can also exacerbate numerous conditions, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Children and the elderly are especially sensitive to air pollution.”
Dr Nitin suggested that people with dust allergy should avoid moving in those areas having dust and should keep always inhaler with them.