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Air pollution not just a delhi problem

by Nirvana Being on November 25, 2021

The temperature inversions and stable wind conditions are characteristic features of winters in North India. While calm wind conditions prevent the dissipation of pollutant emissions, the temperature inversion layer tends to trap pollution, thereby increasing the observed pollutant concentrations and the region witnessing severe air pollution between November 1 to February 28 every year.

We are repeatedly hearing about the worsening air pollution in Delhi but what we must understand by putting things in perspective is that pollution as a problem is not restricted to New Delhi, rather spreads all the way from Lahore to Dhaka along the Grand Trunk (GT) Road and is a major cause of concern in Northern India from Amritsar to Kolkata along the Indo-Gangetic Plains, because of both- the local emissions and the paddy burning in Punjab and Haryana. In fact, the air quality of Faridabad (Haryana) Ghaziabad and Noida (Uttar Pradesh) is often, worse than the air quality of Delhi. It is also imperative to note that the Indus-Ganga belt is the world’s largest stretch of uninterrupted alluvium deposits. As fertile as alluvium is, it is composed of loose unconsolidated particles. Thus, dry alluvial soil significantly contributes to wind-blown dust. The part of Northern India which is cloaked in a thick layer of pollution constitutes approximately 40% of the population of India and the air quality will essentially remain dangerous for the next three months at the very least.

According to Urban Emissions Info, there are less than 40 air quality monitors in North India whereas the recommended number of air quality monitors is more than 1000. Even a smart city like Prayagraj does not have an air quality monitor. Therefore, it is safe to say that a major reason for the lack of awareness about air pollution is because of lack of air quality monitors and statistical reports to inform the people about the air they breathe.

Wearing face masks happen to be the most viable remedy to combat air pollution in India. It is important to highlight that the problem is so severe that only tested and certified N95 Masks with Nanofiber filters that have particulate filtration efficacy >99% down to 0.1 micron are advisable for use at this point. Nirvana Being, India’s leading clean air solutions business offers an array of products to help you breathe pure.

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