Air quality plunges to very poor category in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad

Noida : Dec 18, 2019(Times of India)    

The air quality is likely to get worse in these three cities if the wind speed does not change, a UPPCB offici...Read More  

NOIDA: After a short spell of improved air quality following rains, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad once again slid to the “very poor” category on Wednesday.

While Noida recorded an AQI of 318, in Ghaziabad, it was 340 and in Greater Noida, the AQI stood at 318. On Tuesday, Noida recorded an AQI of 211 while it was 228 in Greater Noida and 238 in Ghaziabad — all three in the “poor” range. On Monday also, all three cities had “poor” air.

The air quality is likely to get worse if the wind speed does not change, an official from the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) said.

But after two cloudy days, Wednesday saw some sunshine.

“This combination, of less wind speed and humidity, is ideal for pollutants to stick close to the ground. This prevents dispersion of pollutants. We have noticed a marked increase in pollutants and it may get worse from here,” said Anil Singh, regional officer, UPPCB, Gautam Budh Nagar.
“At this time, we are focussed on keeping the ground level pollutants in check. We want that garbage and leaf burning should be under check and any violator would be punished,” Singh added.
Two days ago, the Centre for Science and Environment had put out a warning that with the festive season around the corner, the air quality might get worse due to bursting of firecrackers.

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