Air quality in Greater Noida slips to ‘very poor’

  • | Sunday | 29th October, 2023

NOIDA: The air quality in Greater Noida slipped to very poor on Saturday from poor on Friday. Noida and Ghaziabad logged worse but poor air quality. The air quality will likely be very poor on Sunday and Monday.Greater Noidas AQI increased to 360 — the worst in the country — from 280, Delhis AQI 304 from 286, Noidas 286 from 220 and Ghaziabads 291 from 227.Earlier this month, Greater Noida recorded the worst air quality on October 21 and 22.Track the pollution level in your cityGufran Beig, chair professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies and founder of System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, said there are multiple factors for deteriorating air quality — lower temperatures, slower winds and stubble burning. The bursting of firecrackers in Diwali might further deteriorate the air quality.Vikrant Tongad, an environmentalist, said construction activities and high traffic volume contribute to the bad air in Greater Noida, but the measurement might not be perfect. All cities do not have air quality monitoring stations at hotspots. Greater Noidas two stations register the pollution from construction activities, he said. tnnWe also published the following articles recentlyDelhis air quality remains very poor with AQI at 306The air quality in Delhi remains in the Very Poor category, with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 306 on Monday morning, according to SAFAR-India. Cyclists at India Gate expressed concern about the rising pollution levels and the dense smog. The air quality in the National Capital deteriorated from poor to very poor with an AQI of 302 on Sunday afternoon. Delhi University recorded an AQI of 330 (very poor), while IGI Terminal T3 was at 313. Anand Vihar breached the very poor category with an AQI of 345.Citys air quality turns poor, Noida ramps up dust checksThe air quality in Noida deteriorated to poor on Wednesday, with similar trends observed in other cities in the National Capital Region. The Noida Authority CEO has directed officials to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to reduce pollution. Experts credit slightly higher wind speeds on Wednesday for helping disperse pollutants. Inspections are being carried out at construction sites and fines have been issued against violators. Measures under the second phase of GRAP, such as sprinkling water on roads and increasing public transport usage, are currently in effect.Air quality in Delhi may slip back to very poorDelhis air quality improved from very poor to the upper level of the poor category on Monday due to better ventilation conditions. However, several areas of the city are still suffering from very poor pollution levels. The air quality is expected to slip back into the very poor category in the coming days. Biomass burning and transport are the major contributors to pollution in the city, with the share of biomass burning increasing significantly. The instances of stubble burning have also increased.

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