As the relaxations have come into action, the city's AQI is being termed as 'poor'
Due to the lockdown this year, Lucknow noticed a substantial reduction in the number of vehicles plying on the streets which further resulted in the improvement of the average air quality index (AQI) of the city for quite sometime. But as the relaxations have come into action, the city's AQI is being termed as 'poor' and a drop in average temperatures is additionally contributing to it. So in a bid to control the air pollution scenario in Lucknow, the district administration will begin a special campaign from Sunday.
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The campaign will include stringent checks on vehicular pollution, land filling sites for industrial area and the spraying of treated water from STP, at the construction sites. Ground water will not be used, in any respect. This decision was made on Thursday, by the DM of Lucknow along with other officials and the meeting was held at the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Auditorium.
The conference was attended by the municipal corporation commissioner, LDA, forest department, traffic police, housing development, NHAI, public works department, Setu Nigam, UPSRTC, industrial department, PCB, construction agencies and so on. Lucknow's DM also ordered for the urgent adherence to Green Net, anti-smoke gun, self-dust control audit, PTZ camera at construction sites and the sprinkling of treated water. The concerned departments will need to furnish details of their actions pertaining to the control of air pollution till date and they need to submit the data to the regional officer pollution control.
According to CPCB, stubble burning incidents have also become a factor to the deteriorating AQI. Officials in New Delhi too, have initiated an anti-pollution campaign in an effort to curtail air pollution ahead of winter, when the city is regularly covered in toxic haze.