The onset of winters and the festive seasons has led to the depletion of air quality in the cities of Uttar Pradesh. The worst air quality was recorded in Ghaziabad, putting it in the ‘very poor’ category. Patients with respiratory issues are facing severe problems and discomfort across the state.
Sharing his views on the situation, Ajay Kumar Sharma, member secretary of the UP Pollution Control Board said “Several measures, including fines on polluting industries, have been taken to reduce pollution. We have also set in place several strict measures to curb air pollution in the coming days. We are closely monitoring the Air Quality Index (AQI) numbers of Uttar Pradesh cities”.
As per the India Meteorological Department, the day temperature has dropped by 2.1 degrees Celsius in a week. The depleting air quality signals towards the start of winters where the environment gets dense, limiting pollutants to disperse, further resulting in higher AQI.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI value defines the magnitude of pollution in the state. Higher the value indicates to the air being more polluted. AQI above 200 is poor, whereas above 300 is very poor. Such a scenario can cause major health adversities if exposed to it for longer durations.