Chandigarh-Punjab has noticed an Average Air Quality Index (AQI) discount of seven.6% from the final 12 months 2022 and 22.8% as in comparison with 2021.
Disclosing this right here at present in a press communiqué Environment Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer stated that as per the instructions of the Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann to attempt for bettering air high quality, the PPCB has put in Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) in six cities of Punjab particularly Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh and Patiala to watch the ambient air high quality on a real-time foundation. The comparative stage of AQI worth throughout Diwali-2023 day vis-à-vis earlier 12 months Diwali-2022 & 2021 days was improved.
The values are based mostly on the information From 7.00 AM on the day of Diwali to six.00 AM the day after Diwali.
The minister stated that the AQI of 5 Cities Amritsar, Ludhiana, Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh & Patiala of Punjab have noticed a discount within the AQI throughout this 12 months Diwali (2023) as in comparison with the final two 12 months’s Diwali days 2022 and 2021. The Average AQI of Punjab this Diwali was 207 (which is marginally greater than the utmost AQI worth of 200 for the average class) as in comparison with 224 in 2022 and 268 in 2021.
Meet Hayer stated that the utmost AQI was recorded at Amritsar this 12 months with an AQI worth of 235. Also final 12 months most worth of AQI 262 was noticed in Amritsar. However, in 2021 most worth of AQI 327 (Very Poor) was noticed in Jalandhar. The minimal AQI for this 12 months was recorded in Mandi Gobindgarh with an AQI worth of 153 in opposition to the final 12 months’s worth of 188 and likewise in 2021 with an AQI worth of 220. The most AQI discount on this 12 months was noticed in Mandi Gobindgarh (18.6%).
The Punjab Pollution Control Board thanks the individuals of the State of Punjab for following the advisory issued in regards to the interval mounted for bursting of firecrackers and utilizing the inexperienced crackers for celebrations of the Diwali pageant, leading to an general enchancment in Air Quality as in comparison with final 12 months 2022 and 2021 additionally.
The individuals of Punjab are additionally requested to comply with the advisory issued by the state Government w.r.t the timings and use of inexperienced crackers for the approaching festivals this 12 months.