Thick layer of smog engulfs city, AQI level reaches 345
Ludhiana – The thick layer of smog was engulfed all over the Ludhiana here on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) fails to act against Smog. According to the officials of department Air Quality Index (AQI) level has reached to 345 till 5pm. Hundreds of complaints flooded in Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) office since Tuesday afternoon. According to the officials of department, teams have sent to different pockets of city with the motive to issue challan to the violators. Residents are suffering from dense Smog as people were wearing masks while commuting to different areas. The major problem of irritation in the eyes of the people had been witnessed during the thick layer of smog.People were failed to drive their two wheelers due to this issue. People were forced to wear the masks and shades during the evening time. According to the doctors, people should not step out from their houses as they should step out if they are having any emergency as numerous of patients are visiting hospitals and clinics due to irritation in eyes and different asthma problems for the patients. According to the official GS Gill, executive engineer of PPCB said, “Teams have sent to different locations in city for issuing challans as hundreds of calls have been received in the office due to thick layer of smog. We are working hard to issuing challans and to control this stubble burning”. Rupinder Kaur, resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar said, “Government should issue the immediate advisory or extend the holidays in the schools.People are unable to come out from the house as there is minimal visibility in city. People are suffering from multiple problems including throat infection, eyes irritation among others. We are requesting the district administration to take strict action against the violators as due to stubble burning people are suffering from ample of problems”. How be it, residents have also raised the eyebrows that no major cases has been registered against the violators as from past two weeks city is engulfed in this smog and now it has increased to higher extent. S Gill, official of PPCB lamented that with the regular stubble burning by the farmers, officials are department failed to cope up as mostly farmers show their arrogant attitude and warned the officials to leave the place either they would set them on fire. Gill appealed to farmers to avoid stubble burning as this is directly causing life threat to the lives of people. Despite repeated attempts, deputy commissioner Pardeep Aggarwal was not available for comments.
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