Air quality deteriorates in Una, Baddi and Nalagarh industrial areas of Himachal, this Diwali

Ambika Sharma

Tribune News Service

Solan, November 6

Air quality index (AQI) deteriorated in three industrial clusters of Una, Baddi and Nalagarh this Diwali vis-a-vis last year as per figures released by the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) on Saturday.

As per the AQI monitoring undertaken by the State Pollution Control Board, Baddi industrial area registered the highest AQI of 165 as against 133 registered last year. In Nalagarh, an AQI of 110 was registered as against 105 registered last year while in Una it was 99 as against 86 registered last year.

AQI between 51 and 100 is rated satisfactory while it is termed moderate between 101 and 200 and poor between 201 and 300.

The AQI is a measure of various pollutants - sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and particulate matter in the air.

In other industrial clusters like Kala Amb, Paonta Sahib, Damtal and Parwanoo, an AQI of 92, 133 , 95 and 90 respectively, was registered this year, which was an improvement from last year's AQI of 101, 139 , 97 and 109.

AQI showed an improvement in other towns like Shimla, Dharamsala, Sundernagar and Manali, which was respectively 40, 77, 62 and 70 as compared to 68, 113, 123 and 102 registered last Diwali.

Though the SPCB had restricted the use of crackers for two hours from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali and had stressed on use of green crackers, the directions were not adhered to.

The situation worsened in Baddi and Nalagarh industrial belt where residents complained of exceptionally poor air quality.

Elderly people, especially those suffering from lung disease, had troubles as despite staying indoors they faced health issues in the Baddi and Nalagarh belts.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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