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Chandigarh Air quality going down after Dussehra & Diwali reported by CPCC (Chandigarh Pollution Control Board)

Punjab Tribune Bureau | November 08, 2019 06:34 PM

Chandigarh continues to record poor air quality index indicate that pollution level is not improving

In today’s time, air pollution is a severe threat for the entire world but if we talk about one of the most infested countries then India is on the top of the list. There are a few cities in India that are badly wedged by the toxic air which are resulting in the influx of life threatening diseases such as asthma, cancer and many more menaces to
name.

Poor air quality affects our infrastructure as well as creates problems for agriculture and forests. Residential buildings, commercial structures, parks and several other physical assets are impaired because of toxic air. Such destruction is a major issue for national monuments and historical buildings that can be very expensive to repair
and protect. There are certain sectors such as tourism and commercial fishing which are also crushed by air pollution. India ranks 178 out of 180 in terms of air quality at the bottom of the list in the world’s environmental health categories. The report clearly shows that during festivals like Dussehra and Diwali, it’s perilous to inhale
oxygen.

Chandigarh is one of the busiest and well-planned cities in India, which has a spike in air pollution post-Dussehra. When Chandigarh boasted of burning one of the world’s highest Effigy of Ravana, the level of pollution was rapidly amplified and harmful effects was observed by the people. According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) reported on Sunday, the pollution level was recorded 257 whereas on 1st October it was 57. Chandigarh Pollution Control Board only one Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAAQMS) at Punjab University, Sector 25 said that it was due to the crackers used in the effigies and Diwali that the air quality index saw a plunge. As a result, Chandigarh continues to record poor air quality index indicates that the pollution level is not improving.

By Tripat Girdhar – Socio Environment Specialist

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