Pollution levels shoot up in Chennai due to Bhogi bonfires

The scene at OMR near Thoraipakkam on Saturday morning

The scene at OMR near Thoraipakkam on Saturday morning   | Photo Credit: Shaju John

Residents burn garbage, old mats and clothes

The city was on Saturday was covered in a thick blanket of smog as residents in many areas burnt garbage, old mats and clothes to “celebrate” Bhogi, the first day of Pongal.

Smoke from these fires mixed with the fog and the lack of winds let the smog remain in the ambient air till as late as 9.30 a.m. Many residents suffered from breathing difficulties.

Data obtained from the Central Pollution Control Board’s Sameer app showed an Air quality Index (AQI) of 210 at Manali at 4.30 a.m., which touched 275 later in the day. The maximum level of respirable suspended particulate matter touched 500 at the station in North Chennai.

At the same period, the continuous monitoring station at the Alandur bus terminus recorded at AQI of 201 and the one at Adyar recorded AQI of 132.

As the day progressed and wind dispersion reduced, the pollution levels stayed constant causing breathing discomfort to most people on long exposure.

Several flights were also delayed at the Chennai airport due to poor visibility.

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Printable version | Apr 3, 2020 11:08:52 PM |

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