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Chandigarh’s AQI ‘Severe’ Much Worse Than Delhi On Nov 9

The record for the worst-ever AQI ever before in Chandigarh was on November 9, 2017, when the City Beautiful recorded an AQI of 375.

Air Pollution (Photo Credit: file/ANI)

Chandigarh: Chandigarh recorded the worst-ever Air Quality Index AQI 448 which falls in the ‘severe’ category on Wednesday ie, November 9. The record for the worst-ever AQI ever before in Chandigarh was on November 9, 2017, when the City Beautiful recorded an AQI of 375.

On Wednesday, Chandigarh’s AQI was even lower than that of Delhi. Delhi’s average AQI on Wednesday stood at 309. Of even bigger concern was the high concentration of Suspended Particulate Matter PM2.5 which is a pollutant in the air and can even bypass the respiratory defence of a person and can get into the lungs and bloodstream, which is especially bad for those suffering from respiratory diseases.

Experts say that four things contributed to the sudden fall in AQI in Chandigarh – fall in temperature, cloudy weather and bursting of crackers on Gur Purab, and also the burning of paddy stubble around the Tricity. On November 9, at around 8:00 in the morning, the average AQI recorded at the Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station CAQMS in Sector 53 was 404. Later in the day, the air quality dropped to 444 at Sector 53.

Similarly, in Punjab to the AQI for the first time this season touched 400 which falls in the ‘severe’ category. The industrial city of Ludhiana recorded an AQI of 409 while the AQI in the neighbouring town of Khanna was 417.

The AQI in Patiala, Jalandhar and Amritsar too touched 374, 334 and 333 respectively which also falls in the ‘very poor category. The Punjab Remote Sensing Centre detected 1,778 stubble-burning cases on Wednesday – the highest number of cases were reported from Muktsar, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Bathinda. With this, the total farm fires in Punjab reached 34,868 this season. However, AQI in these districts which topped stubble burning wasn’t as bad as it was reported from places like Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Khanna where AQI was at its worst.

In Haryana, the AQI recorded in the two cities of Kurukshetra and Ambala was 449 and 447 (severe category). The neighbouring Kaithal recorded an AQI of 391, Yamunanagar recorded an AQI of 371, Karnal recorded 337, Panchkula 330 and Panipat 320 which falls in the ‘very poor’ category. Here too ‘very poor’ AQI is being attributed to cloudy weather and fall in temperature apart from the limited stubble-burning cities in Haryana has witnessed.

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