Amritsar: If data pertaining to pollution is to be believed than level of pollutants in the air can easily be seen competing with New Delhi.The data of Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) has put forth drastic revelations. According to it the average of an air pollutant PM10 (particulate matter) concentration recorded through its devices is found to be 321.55 micrograms (mg) per cubic metre which is much more than the usual average of 70 mg recorded on daily basis during past half year. It undoubtedly over shadows national ambience air quality standards (NAAQS).
Though meteorological experts also vie that the level of pollution surged within a week and it is because of bursting of crackers on Diwali. The present figures have raised a serious concern as data shows the pollution has increased four and a half times. Though exactly ten days have passed since Diwali, however, there has not been a sea change in the level of pollutants. The level has gone down just to some extent.
PM2.5 has been recorded at 95.10 mg per cubic metre which used to be just 40 mg per cubic metre recorded few weeks back. The experts, however, suggest that if level exceeds 60 mg per cubic metre it can cause harm to lungs and lead to serious health disorder.
Another particle ‘oxide of nitrogen’, which is even dangerous to human life, has been found to be 37.63 mg which is exactly two and half times more than recorded figures in past six months. Likewise average Sulphur Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide have been found at 1.95 and 0.86 mg per cubic metre which again are above the normal limits.
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