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Punjab has better air, Delhi blaming state for very poor AQI wrong: PPCB

PUBLISHED ON OCT 13, 2020 10:21 PM IST

Patiala As Delhi’s air quality worsens to “very poor” and the administration there is blaming farm fires in the neighbouring states for it, the fact is that Punjab has much better air quality. Against an air quality index (AQI) of 304 in Delhi, Punjab’s Mandi Gobindgarh—an industrial town—has 175, which falls in the medium category.

“The Delhi’s AQI has worsened, while Punjab air is still comparatively clean. This indicates that stubble burning of Punjab has no role in affecting Delhi air quality. It’s wrong to blame Punjab for poor air quality of the national capital,” said Krunesh Garg, secretary, Punjab Pollution Control Board.

Amritsar, which has recorded highest farm fires in the state, has AQI of 131. Even the other major towns have the AQI below 150.

The average AQI of Delhi is 261 while that of Punjab is 120.

Even the prominent cities of Haryana has much better AQI than Delhi, said a PPCB official monitoring the air quality. “The AQI of Punjab and Haryana should deteriorate too if Delhi’s was affected due to farm fires as being claimed. Farm fires will first affect local air,” he said.

However, PPCB officials admitted that the stubble burning is affecting the air quality in the state. “We have appealed to the farmers to desist from this illegal practice. We are challaning the erring farmers,” he said.

The official said the wind is toward Pakistan and not in the direction of Delhi.

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AQI in Punjab (Tuesday)

Mandi Gobindgarh 175

Ludhiana 160

Jalandhar 159

Khanna 145

Amritsar 131

Bathinda 129

Patiala 125

Ropar 85

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Scale

Between 0 and 50: Good

51 and 100: Satisfactory

101 and 200: Medium

201 and 300: Bad

301 and 400: Very poor

401 and 500: Serious

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