AQI likely to improve in Noida and Ghaziabad, but will remain ‘very poor’

AQI likely to improve in Noida and Ghaziabad, but will remain ‘very poor’


NOIDA/GHAZIABAD: Greater Noida was the country’s third-most polluted city on Thursday, with an air quality index (AQI) of 412 under the “severe” category. The air quality in Noida and Ghaziabad also deteriorated from Wednesday and remained in the “very poor” category.
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Up by 72 points, the AQI in Ghaziabad was recorded at 389 on Thursday. In Noida, it was 383, an increase of 82 points in comparison to Wednesday.
According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), an extremely calm surface and boundary layer winds had resulted in the low ventilation. Stubble burning, too, caused the PM2.5 level to rise by 36%, according to SAFAR.
The air quality may to improve on Friday and Saturday but may remain in the “very poor” category. The predominant surface wind is likely to get better on these two days as it will increase by up to 10-15 kmph.
On Thursday, the UP Pollution Control Board cracked down on violators and imposed a fine of Rs 3.7 lakh on them. The Ghaziabad Development Authority has separately imposed a fine of Rs 75,000 on five defaulters. The GDA and Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation carried out mechanical sweeping on 146km of roads in their respective zones.
With an AQI of 384, Gurugram’s air was still in the “very poor” category on Thursday. According to the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, the air quality is likely to deteriorate further in the coming days as the temperature in the region is likely to drop. As a result, pollutants won’t be dispersed, officials said. The city’s air has been “very poor” for a week now.
On Thursday, the AQI at Gurugram’s Sector 51 and Vikas Sadan fell to the ‘severe’ category as PM2.5 levels were recorded at 421 and 405, respectively. Teri Gram (345) and Gwalpahari (333) stations recorded ‘very poor’ AQI.



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