Lucknow’s air quality ‘severe’ again
The air index value in Lucknow at 4 pm was registered at 473 (severe category). The permissible level is 60 microgram per cubic meter air.lucknow Updated: Dec 21, 2017 14:01 IST
Air quality in many cities of UP worsened on Wednesday with Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Ghaziabad coming under the ‘severe’ category, as per the air quality index (AQI) chart of the Central Pollution Control Board.
Fog engulfed the state capital and other cities in the morning.
The air index value in Lucknow at 4 pm was registered at 473 (severe category). The permissible level is 60 microgram per cubic meter air.
The air index value in Kanpur was 462 (severe category), Varanasi 461 (severe) and Ghaziabad 473 (severe). Lucknow and these cities experienced severe air pollution levels with air quality index between 400-500 (the worst category).
The AQI in Agra was 374 (very poor), Moradabad 364 (very poor) and Noida 378 (very poor).
The state capital has been witnessing poor air quality for the past over a month and this has led to a rise in the number of patients with breathing disorders. Doctors said those having breathing problem needed to take precaution while moving out of their home.
“Pollution level is very high during early hours, hence morning walks can be delayed,” said Dr Sandeep Kapoor, director, Healthcity Hospital.
On November 13 afternoon, the fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) – the nasty air pollutant – touched a new high of 695.97 micrograms per cubic metre air (the permissible limit is 60 micrograms per cubic metre air).
The state capital has over 19 lakh registered vehicles, one of the key reasons for air pollution.
The minimum temperature in Lucknow rose to 9 degrees Celsius. The forecast for the next 24 hours was mainly clear sky, fog/mist likely in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 24 and 8 degrees respectively.
The Met department predicted shallow to moderate fog at a few places over the state. There was a warning for dense to very dense fog at isolated places over the state.
JP Gupta, Met director, Lucknow said, “Increase in humidity level may have led to fog-like situation in the city.” He said so far the indication is that this year the winter would not be as intense as previous years.