Bu­land­shahr grap­ples with ‘se­vere’ pol­lu­tion

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow -

LUCKNOW: Asthma and lung-re­lated prob­lems will in­crease at an alarm­ing rate in the cur­rent en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, if cor­rec­tive mea­sures were not taken on pri­or­ity, said re­searchers from In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gyDelhi.

Re­searchers have se­lected western UP city of Bu­land­shahr along with two other cities across the coun­try to study the im­pact of air pol­lu­tion on the health of peo­ple.

The pol­lu­tion level in Bu­land­shahr has re­mained alarm­ing since Septem­ber last year with the city con­stantly fig­ur­ing among those with worst air pol­lu­tion. The Air Qual­ity In­dex (AQI) of the city was even found to be worse than Delhi, fig­ur­ing above the 400-mark un­der ‘se­vere cat­e­gory.’

Even on Sun­day, the AQI of Bu­land­shahr was 422 – eight points higher than Delhi 414, as per the data col­lected by Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB).

An AQI above 400 is con­sid­ered se­vere and can cause harm to healthy peo­ple and can se­verely af­fect those with ex­ist­ing dis­eases. Sam­ridh S Chauhan, re­searcher from IIT-D who is head­ing the re­search project, points to­wards this anom­aly for which Bu­land­shahr was se­lected for re­search.

“The AQI of Bu­land­shahr con­sid­er­ing ba­sic pop­u­la­tion den­sity is alarm­ing. We are try­ing to look into the rea­sons that are con­tribut­ing to­wards it,” ex­plained Chauhan.

Ex­perts have also se­lected Pa­tiala in Pun­jab and Naini­tal in Ut­tarak­hand to ex­am­ine the ef­fects of rise in pol­lu­tion, be­sides Bu­land­shahr. The team has placed air qual­ity mon­i­tors in each of these cities.

In Bu­land­shahr, mon­i­tors have been placed at Kala Aam road cross­ing and Ganga Na­gar area.

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