Guwahati’s Air Quality Index Goes from Moderate to Poor

Guwahati: The most recent Air Quality Index report is a disturbing indicator of the city’s declining air quality. The air quality in Guwahati has deteriorated to “poor” as a result of the increasing building activities and vehicle emissions.

As a result, dust particles are being produced more often in the hills and on the Brahmaputra sand bars. The majority of the population has experienced acute breathing irritation as a result.

According to Central Pollution Control Board reports, up until December 7th, the air quality was excellent and breathing discomfort was minimal. The following day, it had worsened to a moderate level.

According to the report, patients with lung, heart, or asthma disorders feel uneasy when the air quality index (AQI) is in the moderate range. Unfortunately, the city’s air quality deteriorated for many individuals on Tuesday, December 13th, going from moderate to poor.

According to Manoj Saikia, a senior environmental scientist with the Assam Pollution Control Board, from November to March each year the city’s air quality declines because of a lack of moisture and precipitation. Sand bars develop in the river Brahmaputra as a result of the period’s relatively dry weather.

The officer went on to say that heavy construction activity in the area was the main source of pollution. Due to the formation of tiny dust particles during this process, the air gets polluted and diluted.

Moreover, he emphasised the rise in car population, not just in the state but throughout the entire nation. The air pollution caused by vehicle emissions makes the air harmful, which in turn harms people who already have heart and lung diseases.

The scientists also advise minimising public use of vehicles wherever possible. People should avoid utilising vehicles to go small distances in order to improve the quality of the air and allow the general public to breathe clean air, continued Manoj Saikia.

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