Bhubaneswar, Jan 9: Air quality index of Angul is at 352 surpassing Delhi’s which has been so far recorded to reach 345 mark.
It was revealed by the Central Pollution Control Board database, recorded recently.
Similarly, the average air quality in multiple cities and towns in Odisha has deteriorated to ‘very poor’ category, reaching levels of above 300, in the past few days.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) Monday bulletin, six places from the state were among 16 across India to record very poor Air Quality Index (AQI) with Angul at 352 surpassing Delhi’s 345. The industrial town was third most-polluted place in the country. Cuttack was the second most-polluted town with AQI of 340 while both Bhubaneswar and Balasore had an AQI of 334 with Keonjhar at 326.
Worth mentioning, an AQI value of 50 or below represents good air quality while an AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality.
Prolonged exposure to “very poor” AQI is likely to cause respiratory illness, as per the CPCB’s findings.