DELHI-POLLUTION 2 LAST

\ In October, the share of poor air quality days have In October, the share of poor air quality days have\increased to 27 per cent, that of very poor to 57.7 per cent.\In addition, 3.8 per cent of days have already experienced\severe pollution, CSE said.\ \\"A soon to be released UNICEF report shows how children\are extremely vulnerable to firecrackers. It is not about\Chinese or Indian crackers. The government needs to start\working with the licensing authority and limit the amount of\crackers sold. The data is scary,\\" Rowchowdhury said.\ She said India should mull measures like that of Beijing\where emergency measures kick in when air quality turns poor.\ \\"China does not allow crackers when Beijing\\’s pollution\levels are as high as Delhi\\’s. There are provisions of heavy\penalties in United Kingdom,\\" she said.\ CSE also observed that these killer particles have\already increased by nearly two times since September and that\there were more number of days in \\’very poor and severe\\’\categories.\ \\"Toxic fumes from fireworks will only worsen this trend\and will deposit deadly chemicals in our environment that will\remain trapped for days after,\\" it said.\ The Delhi government had yesterday warned of a\\\"critically polluted\\" period ahead. PTI SBR\SRY\

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