This Diwali, pollution level doubled

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
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  • Updated: Nov 07, 2013 01:05 IST

The appeals by government and non-government bodies for celebrating a greener Diwali failed to have an effect on the public as people freely burst crackers this year.

Following the bursting of crackers at the Golden Temple Complex, the pollution around the Golden Temple was recorded almost three times more than normal.

The pollution level in various cities in Punjab remained almost the same as on last Diwali with the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) recorded at 549 micrograms per cubic metre in Ludhiana, more than five times the permissible limit of 100 for residential areas and 150 for industrial areas.

The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) this year monitored the air and noise pollutions at five places -- Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh -- and in all places pollution was recorded three times more than the permissible limits.

"The data shows there is a slight dip in the RSPM value, but it is still much more than the permissible limits," said a PPCB official spokesman.

Against the 55 dbc limit, the noise recorded around the Golden Temple was 73 dbc.
Ludhiana recorded the maximum pollution in Punjab, followed by Amritsar. However, the oxides of nitrogen and sulphur remained within permissible limits.


City                  RSMP level (mg/cu m)        RSMP level              RSMP level              Noise (dbc)                Noise  
                           A day before                  Diwali 2013                 Diwali 2012               Diwali 2013            2012
Amritsar                   223                                 370                            358                               66                     66
Mandi Gobindgarh   172                                  250                           192                               74                     73
Patiala                      132                                 196                            238                               70                     70
Jalandhar                  232                                 270                           294                               72                     72
Ludhiana                   263                                 549                           648                               70                     74 
Golden Temple         202                                  371                           390                               73                    74



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