Ludhiana: The air quality in the city continued being in the poor category for the second consecutive day. The Air Quality Index (AQI), which records air pollution in city, did not see any improvement.
The AQI includes combination of many air pollutants including RSPM (Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and sulphur dioxide, ozone, NOx (oxides of nitrogen), carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene etc.
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), bulletin of AQI value for various cities in the country released at 4pm on Thursday, the AQI in Ludhiana was recorded at whopping 236 which falls under the poor category. Prolonged exposure to such air can lead to discomfort in breathing.
The AQI was highest in the state with Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh and Rupnagar witnessed value of 103, 116, 208, 126, 96 and 120, respectively. Even Chandigarh witnessed lower AQI as compared to the city at 186. The maximum particulate matter (PM) 2.5 was 305.
A senior official of PPCB, on conditions of anonymity, said the situation is changing for the worse. He added that there are various agencies working on ground level to check air pollution levels, mainly by creating awareness to not burn stubble and celebrate green Diwali.
“The situation is mainly bad because of stubble burning and more people using vehicles for shopping during the festive season. Though people are thankfully not burning crackers on an alarming rate this festive season. People should opt for carpooling during this season so that vehicular pollution is checked,” said Pardeep Dhall, a green activist and general secretary of Shree Geeta Mandir in Vikas Nagar. He added that they are also requesting devotees coming to temples to celebrate Green Diwali.