SHARP SPIKE IN AIR POLLUTION LEVEL IN KASHI POST DIWALI
VARANASI : Post-Diwali air pollution in some pockets of Varanasi peaked to 17 times the WHO prescribed limit, revealed a report by non-government organisation that monitored quality of air at 20 locations in the city. “The DLW witnessed worst air quality in the city. PM2.5 and PM10 levels were 504 and 711 units respectively in the area. It was found to be 17 times more as compared to the WHO limit,” said lead campaigner of the NGO Climate Agenda, Ekta Shekhar. Lanka area was next with pollution level 14 times WHO standards. PM2.5 and PM10 concentration around Lanka area were 424 and 630 units respectively. Ravindrapuri stood third where PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentration was found to be 372 and 584, whereas Bhojubeer area saw pollution levels 12 times the prescribed limit.
Shivpur area too saw similar levels of pollution, said Ekta. She further said the smoggy condition was expected to hit the city in the coming days but Diwali fireworks aggravated the situation.