Varanasi’s air most pol­luted in state, says UPPCB re­port

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - FRONT PAGE - Kenneth John kenneth.john@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AL­LA­HABAD: Air pol­lu­tion in Varanasi, the par­lia­men­tary con­stituency of PM Naren­dra Modi, is the high­est in UP, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port of the UP Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (UPPCB). The city has the high­est pol­lu­tion level of PM 10 (par­tic­u­late mat­ter 10) in the state. With Di­wali round the cor­ner, the level of air pol­lu­tion is set to rise due to burst­ing of fire­crack­ers.

AL­LA­HABAD:Air pol­lu­tion in Varanasi, the par­lia­men­tary con­stituency of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, is the high­est in Ut­tar Pradesh, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port of the UP Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (UPPCB).

The city has the high­est pol­lu­tion level of PM 10 (par­tic­u­late mat­ter 10) in the state.

With Di­wali round the cor­ner, the level of air pol­lu­tion is set to rise due to burst­ing of fire­crack­ers. Re­gional of­fi­cer of UPPCB, Al­la­habad re­gion, SK Mishra said ve­hic­u­lar ex­hausts and ex­ces­sive pres­ence of dust in the air were ma­jor con­trib­u­tors to pol­lu­tion.

Against the max­i­mum per­mis­si­ble limit of 100 mi­cro­gram/ cu­bic me­tre of sus­pended par­tic­u­late mat­ter (PM 10) in the air, Varanasi recorded high­est val­ues in the state.

In Au­gust 2017, the level of PM 10 was recorded at 289.28 mg/ cu­bic me­tre in Chand­pur area, 270.09 mg/cu­bic me­tre in Saket Na­gar and 229.6 mg/cu­bic me­tre at the Ba­naras Hindu Univer­sity (BHU). The fourth high­est level of PM 10 was recorded at 219 mg/ cu­bic me­tre in Bud­hwa Bazaar, Mo­rad­abad, fol­lowed by 203 mg/ cu­bic me­tre in Khurja, Bu­land­shahr. Luc­know fig­ured on the sixth spot with Hazrat­ganj area record­ing 193.9 mg/cu­bic me­tre.

Lo­cal­i­ties of in­dus­trial town Kan­pur were on the next three spots record­ing alarm­ing lev­els of pol­lu­tants in the air.

Ac­cord­ing to UPPCB records, the pol­lu­tant level of 193.22 mg/ cu­bic me­tre was recorded in Panki, 191.74 mg/cu­bic me­tre in Shas­tri Na­gar and 184.99 mg/ cu­bic me­tre at Jarib Chowk in Kan­pur.

Al­la­habad’s Ka­tra lo­cal­ity was on the 10th spot with PM 10 level of 183 mg/cu­bic me­tre.

As per UPPCB norms, the PM 10 level of be­low 50 mi­cro­gram/ cu­bic me­tre has min­i­mal im­pact on hu­man health while a level of 51-100 mi­cro­gram/cu­bic me­tre may cause mi­nor breath­ing dis­com­fort to sen­si­tive peo­ple.

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