Punjab celebrated Green Diwali: Air Quality Data shows decline in Pollution Levels this Diwali
Punjab, this year took lead to celebrate green Diwali. The air quality data of the Punjab Pollution Control Board established this fact.
It was informed by Sh. Krunesh Garg, Member Secretary of the Board that as per the data of Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations established at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh, and Patiala, the average air quality index of Punjab was 234 and it was 328 in the year 2017, indicating a very encouraging decrease of 29% in AQI hence better quality of air this year than previous years.
Stating these facts as very encouraging, the Chairman of the Board, Prof. S.S. Marwaha said that awareness campaign against bursting of crackers launched by the Govt. and non-govt organizations have started showing the results. He said that last year average PM10 was 430µgm/m3 and PM2.5 was 226µgm/m3 whereas this year these are 277µgm/m3 and 126µgm/m3 respectively. There was 36% and 44% reduction in PM10 and PM2.5 levels respectively than the previous year which is a very encouraging trend. He attributed it to the school & college students who had come forwarded to say no to cracker bursting.
Prof. Marwah thanked the Punjabis for obeying the Hon’ble Supreme Court directions and celebrating the Green Diwali this year.