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Patiala sheds its most-polluted city tag, becomes cleanest among 74 cities


PATIALA: In 11 months, Patiala sheds its ‘most-polluted’ tag. The two reviews — one by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the other by the World Health Organisation (WHO) — after analysing air high quality, had positioned Patiala at the most sensible. But the latest data by the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) has discovered that the air high quality of the town was in fact the cleanest amongst 74 towns of the country.

According to NCAP report, Patiala’s AQI has been discovered to be the most productive, while that of Jalandhar and Amritsar are within the average class. The moderate AQI recorded in Patiala was discovered to be beneath 100 micrograms/m3 all over the final month. Jalandhar and Amritsar recorded between 100 to 200 micrograms/m3, which was within the average zone.

The report is in stark distinction to the CPCB report, launched in April 2018. The CPCB report, which puts Punjab within the third slot, was tabled within the Lok Sabha by minister of state for setting Mahesh Sharma. Patiala were listed among the 17 most-polluted towns of the country. Other towns listed within the CPCB report have been Dera Bassi, Gobindgarh, Jalandhar, Khanna, Ludhiana, Naya Nangal and Dera Baba Nanak.

A month later, in May 2018, WHO had pop out with a report on ambient air high quality of most-polluted towns on the planet — Patiala were given the 13th spot in it.

The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) had challenged each those reviews and had termed them unscientific. PPCB had claimed that the 2 reviews were in line with PM 2.five readings amassed between 2010 and 2016. But until January 2018 there was no refined equipment to file the PM 2.five levels in Patiala.

However, defending its report, WHO had claimed that the database on which the report was compiled was in line with flooring measurements of annual mean concentrations of particulate matter and that it aimed at representing an average for the town or town as a complete, somewhat than for particular person stations. It said the report was in line with years of measurement-range, mostly from 2010 to 2016.


According to the latest data amassed via continuous ambient air high quality monitoring stations (CAAQMS) installed at 76 towns, Ghaziabad has been discovered to have PM 2.five levels moderate at six instances higher than the common of alternative towns. Delhi’s air high quality remained above the secure limits on all days since November 2018 till January 2019’s first week, read the report.


‘Punjab’s stand vindicated’


Director of Tandrust Punjab, K S Pannu, who was earlier the chairman of PPCB and had challenged each CPCB and WHO reviews, claimed that the latest NCAP data vindicates the stance taken by Punjab. According to him, after the CAAQMS came up within the city in January 2018, the readings of air high quality by no means went as much as a level the place the town may have been positioned within the checklist of most polluted towns of the arena.




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