Air quality in Noida “very poor”; water sprayed on roads to control pollution



Noida’s air quality hit a very poor level of 313 on Friday due to the concentration of PM 2.5, according to a government agency, which advised people to take precautions.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded by the Air Quality and Weather Forecast and Research System (SAFAR) at 10 p.m. and it predicted a deterioration in the quality of the air. ‘air in the city on Saturday.

The PM 10 concentration here stood at 222 in the “poor” category, which is also expected to drop further on Saturday, according to SAFAR.

According to the index, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very bad”, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

Meanwhile, the Noida Authority said stretches of road measuring 107 km were sprayed with water, while an additional 243 km were cleaned using machines on Friday amid tighter air pollution restrictions. entered into force in the Delhi NCR.

He said he also dusted 80 km stretches of roads and trails overnight and that all cleaning and watering was done using water treated by sewage treatment plants. (PLS).

The Authority also said it imposed a fine of Rs 42,500 on entities that left construction materials in the open, in violation of air pollution guidelines, according to an official statement.

The actions, he said, came as the Graduated Response Action Plan (GRAP) went into effect in Delhi’s National Capital Region (NCR), including Noida, from Friday. .

GRAP measures to control air pollution include increasing bus and metro services, increasing parking fees, stopping the use of diesel generators, controlling dust on roads and on construction sites when the air quality becomes poor.

On October 14, Noida Authority CEO Ritu Maheshwari pulled out private contractors engaged in road cleaning and collection of construction and demolition waste, expressing dissatisfaction with their work. .

She also asked government officials to ensure that they spend an hour a day in their field of work to ensure cleanliness and the pollution-free environment, in addition to overseeing the work of private contractors and putting blacklisted or deducting payment from those who do not do their job well.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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