“Air quality remained ‘poor’ in Kolkata and its neighbourhood on Monday morning (November 13), a day after Kali puja and Deepavali, as a haze engulfed the metropolis,” officers stated.
“Such a situation was not only caused by the bursting of firecrackers on Deepavali day (November 12), but also due to weather conditions during this time of the year when small particulate matters remain in the air with the presence of fog and smoke,” they stated.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) studying was 284 at Victoria Memorial and 262 at Fort William in Kolkata, whereas it was 310 in Ghusuri in neighbouring Howrah district on Monday morning, West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) information confirmed.
“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’,” the officers stated.
“The control room at Paribesh Bhavan, the headquarters WBPCB was functioning till late in the night on Sunday, while drone surveillance and mobile teams were also in operation at various hotspots in the city and adjacent areas,” they stated.
Environmentalist Naba Dutta stated the air pollution ranges shot up after sundown on Sunday, as celebrations with fireworks started in several components of the town. “If the pollution levels aggravate, it will cause respiratory problems,” he cautioned.
“We suggest sprinkling water on crops within the night to cut back the impact of air pollution,” one other inexperienced activist Somendra Mohan Ghosh stated.