Rant- Pollution in Delhi increasing every year

Smh

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I have been living in Delhi from a very long time, so quite used to pollution but in recent 4-5 years pollution level just keep increasing and it feels like a different type of pollution than just from vehicles or usual harmful gases.

I cannot breathe properly air feels so dusty, my eyes are fucking itchy all the time, this year even before winter air quality has become worse. Dust storms has also increased a lot now so not just winter air quality is worse all around the year with few days relief in monsoon. Crop burning is a major issue last year all roads, roofs and any other object in open was covered with burned black substance.

Keeping things clean is impossible unless your room is completely sealed with no open windows, doors. On dark surfaces you can see dust layer within minutes later after cleaning it.

Diwali is a major source of pollution but earlier it used to get normal after a week of diwali but it now its constantly dusty.

It boils my blood seeing fucking stupid people who keep burning garbage in open even after all this pollution. One person who had serious respiratory problem himself used to burn garbage like WTF how you can be so stupid and yeah he died because of breathing problem.

My life has become shit this is making me depressed I cannot get out of this city, constant itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, headache.

And there will be no solution to this because a lot of people in our society are just stubborn, unreasonable and idiots cannot stand in a queue, throw garbage everywhere, cannot follow traffic rules or any rules, hygiene standards I get it Indian weather is hot and people get sweaty but don't wear same sweaty shirt next day its smells horrible, if you have some skin allergy all over your body don't scratch it and touch everything without washing your hands, don't use loud horns at night atleast to call your friend, use mobile. And people are proud of doing all these things.

I don't like confronting people so usually I just ignore and when I try it doesn't go too well.

I cannot imagine how worse it would get in next 10 years water scarcity and air pollution is a serious problem but no one cares. Govt cannot do anything if citizens don't want to change.

/Rant over
 

igloo

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Why can't you leave the city if its making you feel depressed? Seriously I am considering it as one of the options.
 

Smh

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Why can't you leave the city if its making you feel depressed? Seriously I am considering it as one of the options.
work mostly :( but I am working on it.

@Sushubh this issue is not very high in any political party agenda + there is no quick fix so moving permanently would be the only solution.

Delhi Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index Slow cancer for everyone
 


bbanduser007

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The best option of course is to move out. But you can take some steps to help yourself:
1) Use an affordable room purifier like the Sqair from smartairfilters.in. I use it in a bedroom even with a kitchen window semi-open and it works very well. Also before you go for any room purifier, you may want to look up the studies and experiment data on the website.
2) Pollution peaks in the night and is lower during the hours from 12PM to 7PM (see attached image). Plan most of the outdoor activity (if any) at that time. Also, its a good time to ventilate your house since it gets really bad outside those hours and one has to keep windows closed.
3) If you have to commute/step out when pollution is bad, use a mask. There's good data out there on which one to buy, etc.

I recently joined the funding for the latest room purifier project from smartairfilters: the Sqair on kickstarter:
Source

It was disappointing that despite so many people apparently concerned about pollution in India, there were only 18 supporters from India while there were over 60 from the US where pollution is a negligible problem if at all! Being a part of efforts like these (with no time and modest money commitment) also helps me avoid depression xD

For all the rants, I don't see the desire in India to solve the problem not even to the extent individually possible even within financial limits. It is also amusing to see the ruckus for one day of Diwali when the situation remains bad from Oct-mid to Feb. And its not a recent thing, I've been tracking for 4+ years now and Diwali is only a temporary problem. It stays bad until Feb probably due to open fires for heating and atmospheric conditions.

I thought Delhi was polluted beyond acceptable limits 10+ years back but it seems like the threshold at which people actually start complaining is awfully high! And most of it is ranting and complaining about relatively insignificant things like Diwali effect. Or expecting the govt to do something about it. Some things of course require govt action but one would expect to see significant private, community organization involvement too in a free country.

 

bbanduser007

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I'm partial to SmartAir as I've been following their evolution since the days it started with a guy wanting clean air for himself in Beijing. The guy posted all the data from his experiments and being a data nerd I enjoyed that very much. One can get a lot of good info from the "open data" section of the smartairfilters.in website even if they were to not buy anything from them.

There are many similar products out there though especially in the last 3-4 years and any will probably suffice so long as the user knows how to use the purifier effectively as there are a few dos and donts.

Mi 2C looks similarly spec'ed out but it has a Noise level of 62db vs 53db for the Sqair. Also, the previous iteration of the Mi was effective only in the max mode but it would toggle between max and auto mode, the latter being very ineffective and it was a problem. And, the Mi filter is INR 2200 (with additional features which I don't feel are necessary) whereas the Sqair filter is 1490.

I like the SmartAir team and approach and have been using their products for many years so don't feel the need to look elsewhere. I can talk directly to one of their engineers if I have a question which I probably couldn't do with any corporate. But, yeah there are many good alternatives to choose from.
 

Smh

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today aqi is really fucked up wind speed is super low, I cannot go outside. logon ko ab bhi phatake fhod ne hain, crop burning atleast delay toh kr dete lekin nhi.
 
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