Dwarka: With an average Air Quality Index (AQI) of 426 on the morning of November 3, 2022 morning, Delhi's air quality has entered the 'severe' category. According to the data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Jahangirpuri and Anand Vihar had the city's worst air quality, with monitoring stations there registering a 24-hour average AQI of 460.
In Noida as well, the Air Quality Index (AQI) spiked to the 'severe' level of 469. The AQI in several parts of Noida and Greater Noida was in the 'very poor' and 'severe' categories on November 3, 2022 as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The spike in Delhi NCR's AQI can be credited to vehicular pollution, fireworks during Diwali and Chhath Puja, and farm fires in the neighbouring states.
The residents of Delhi NCR are facing several problems due to pollution, including lack of visibility, cough, and other health issues.
Many Delhi residents have complained of breathing problems as a result of the city's severe air quality, with the elderly and children suffering the most.
Vijay Bhardwaj, 25, a resident from Dwarka Sector 5 says "Although Delhi is one of the nicest destinations to visit in the winter, that is also the time of year with the worst air pollution. Hopefully, something will come up soon enough to deal with this. I stopped going for a morning walk since it was so difficult to breathe."
Suman Bhushan, 36, a resident of Dwarka Sector 12, says "As we all know that air pollution is continuously increasing, in this case, we especially want an Air purifier in our House so we can be safe in our house. My eyes are itching and having mild burning, I am unable to focus on my work because the pollution is really harming my eyes and breathing."
Arvind Kumar, 33, a resident of Dwarka Sector 8, says, "Delhi has turned into a gas chamber. My son is 4 years old and he is coughing and continuously facing health issues such as fever, cough, and cold. Delhi government is doing nothing, they spend huge money on ads but not on pollution curbing."
Mohini Kakran, 30, a resident of Dwarka Sector 8, says "It is a serious problem and needs to be tackled at the earliest. Me and my family, especially my parents and kids are literally struggling right now to breathe properly. Every year, pollution becomes a big problem but why? Why is our government still lacking the solution to fight pollution?" She further says, "During Diwali and Chhath Puja, people were burning crackers and I don't know what green crackers mean because we can see how the AQI is spiking. I didn't see anyone on duty to impose fine on those bursting crackers. Also, farm fires rage in Punjab and Haryana is worsening the situation more."