Pollution level in Kolkata is worse than National Capital, claim reports

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The Pollution in the national capital has occupied front pages of newspapers and prime time debates in the news channels after Diwali earlier this month. The pollution level in the City of Joy, Kolkata has hit a new low and recorded worse than the national capital in the past 72 hours.

The overall PM 2.5 count in Kolkata’s Rabindra Bharti University(RBU) was recorded at 380 AQI on Thursday in comparison to 292.25 AQI in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar, one of the most polluted localities of the national capital. The air quality of the city of joy was worse than the capital on Friday though it improved on Sunday in comparison to Delhi, reported Indian Express Kolkata’s air quality on Sunday, 18 November, RBU was recorded at 355 AQI.

Environmentalist saying quoted on The Times of India, that this was due to proactive measures taken to curb pollution in Delhi.

Delhi’s air quality hit to ‘very poor’ category on Sunday due to slow wind speed and high humidity. The capital has shown some improvement in air quality on last week – on Wednesday and Thursday- because of light showers washing away the pollutants.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.


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