Noida overtakes Ghaziabad to become the most polluted city

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Noida overtakes Ghaziabad to become the most polluted city

The AQI of Noida and Greater Noida have spiked to an alarming level

Noida overtakes Ghaziabad to become the most polluted city

Noida: The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Noida spiked to the higher end of the server on Friday. With this, Noida has overtaken Ghaziabad to become the most polluted city in India. This season, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad experienced the most pollution in the country as the Air Quality Index spiked to hazardous category.

According to the AQI bulletin released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), with an AQI of 488, Noida was the most polluted city in the country on Friday, a spot occupied by Ghaziabad on at least seven days this season. On Friday, the AQI in Ghaziabad was 486, making it the second most polluted city.

Since November 4, after the Diwali, Ghaziabad has been experiencing 'severe’ air pollution. In comparison, Noida has had  eight days of ‘severe’ air pollution, barring November 10, moreover, Greater Noida had five such days.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Noida and Greater Noida have spiked to an alarming level. On Saturday, at 11:00 am, the AQI of Noida, Sector 62 was 821, which is categorised as hazardous. In Sector 1, 125, the situation was the same and the AQI of both areas was in hazardous category with numbers peaking to 466 and 496 respectively.

According to aqicn.org, in Sector 116, the AQI was 497, which is also categorised as hazardous. In Knowledge Park III and Knowledge park V, the AQI is 408, 397 respectively, which is categorised as unhealthy.

Rakhi Sinha, a resident of Noida shared a tweet, "Yes! Eyes burning. And if you try to smell the air, it’s a traffic emission smell. But no one utters anything against that. Traffic wud b among biggest sources of air & noise pollution.“

She added, “Yes #pollutioncurfew is fastest strategy @noidatraffic to  control noise and air #pollution. @nitin_gadkari @myogiadityanath  @myogioffice Due to the small size of Noida, a lot of open spaces,  obeying citizens, #traffic restrictions are bound to show very fast  results.”

Vikrant Tongad, an environment activist said, “From the last 10 years, Noida city has been experiencing a lot of air pollution. There are multiple reasons for spreading pollution in Noida. However, there is no detailed study on Noida air pollution. The study on Noida is based in Delhi. There is no depth research on the Noida air pollution story.”

He added, “Now the AQI index of Noida is at hazardous or severe category. Vehicle pollution and roadside dust are the major reason for air pollution. There is no proper cleaning or greenery along the roads. Dust plays a major role in the Noida air pollution. Noida is an Industrial city also, there are so many illegal factories. There is no proper mechanism for waste management. Waste burning also plays a major role.”

“Noida is along with the Delhi, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad which are the most polluted cities due to which it also affect on Noida. The pollution in Noida is throughout the year. In the month of October, November, due to the weather changes, pollutants come nearer to the surface.” Tongad concludes.