1. Delhi chokes on smog, Twitterati throws up ambit of emotions

Delhi chokes on smog, Twitterati throws up ambit of emotions

The world of Twitter today erupted with emotions -- ranging from displeasure and concern to despair and humour -- as a thick smog shrouded the national capital, raising health and environmental worries.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 7, 2017 6:51 PM
delhi, delhi pollution, delhi smog, air pollution, twitter, twitterati, twitter reactions, delhi air quality Another tweet referred to the smog that lingered till well after noon. “Delhi is most polluted city in world for a reason. (PTI)

The world of Twitter today erupted with emotions — ranging from displeasure and concern to despair and humour — as a thick smog shrouded the national capital, raising health and environmental worries. Delhi woke up to a blanket of dense haze which affected vehicular movement on the roads and left school-goers gasping for breath. As pollution levels breached permissible standards by multiple times, a spate of tweets followed. “DELHI BE LIKE: #smog filter for today because Instagram filters are too mainstream!” one @BarneyStinsonYo tweeted. In a lighter vein, many Twitter users referred to Diwali, when the bursting of crackers was banned as a move against pollution. “Thick #Smog In Delhi. This Must Have Been Caused By People Celebrating Diwali By Bursting Crackers Last Night. Shame. Ban Diwali,” user @SirJadeja wrote on the micro- blogging site where #DelhiSmog has been trending since the morning. User @prassenjit was sombre in his response, saying, “#Delhi NCR clouded in #smog #today. The #pollution levels are alarming and need immediate policy making and execution #ClimateChange #India.”

Many famous landmarks, including the Connaught Place market and several towering buildings, virtually disappeared in the haze, as people took to Twitter to post pictures of the areas as seen from rooftops or windows of high-rises. “Can barely see the tallest buildings in the neighbourhood. #DelhiSmog,” said @indiancounsel. The thick envelope led to disturbance in vehicular movement and affected air travel too. “Sitting on tarmac as Delhi smog delays flights 2 the city. Gone r the days when such delays were reserved for early mornings #delhismog,” wrote one @Tinkuray.

Another tweet referred to the smog that lingered till well after noon. “Delhi is most polluted city in world for a reason. It’s 12pm and still #smog all around,” tweeted @GAUTAMGUPTA10. But, among all emotions on Twitter, humour perhaps was the most noticeable. “Advisory to Delhiites!! They can buy packets of Lays and breathe fresh air from it!! #DelhiSmog,” wrote @dekhane_mukul.

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    Nagar
    Nov 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm
    Delhi governing body is so out-of-water mode that it does not know on which shoulder to lay the gun to fight out the pollution problem. Pollution in big cities is here to stay for decades and decades and is likely to grow vertically if corrective measures are not bottled out in equal measures accordingly. A.P(Action Plan) 1. Supreme court should level a 1-billion fine to Punjab for not providing an alternative to burning stubble which adds in a large measure to the problem. Supreme court should advise Punjab governing body to dispose of the stubble in an economic way a) by crushing the stubble, and selling the same by adding sugar syrup to it to be used as long lasting feed for cattle etc, b) Using crushed stubble squeezed into bales also as fuel to produce electricity... Immediate (Action Plan) 2. Subsidize mouth pads and enforce its use for one and all exposed directly. (Action Plan) 3. Subsidize electric two and three wheelers and make its use mandatory by as early as next year.
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