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Lucknow's AQI deemed as 'hazardous' at 413; Diwali festivities may make pollution worse

Although there's a nip in the air and the weather has gotten substantially cooler, the pollution levels of Lucknow has become increasingly alarming. Lucknowites today are experiencing haze and levels of smog which have wrapped the city in a pale orangish yellow light. The current AQI of Lucknow is pegged at 413, which is considered to be hazardous and the dust arising from several road constructions is significantly adding to the respiratory threats of the residents.

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Lucknow's AQI tagged as 'Unhealthy'; crop residue burning a contributing factor

Given the lockdown this year, Lucknow observed a major drop in the air pollution levels but as the relaxations have come into action, the city's AQI has again been labelled as 'very polluted' as of Wednesday evening. The air pollution level in Lucknow has crossed the 300-mark on the Air Quality Index, making it the third most polluted city in the country. A drop in average temperatures and occurrences of crop burning has additionally been contributing to this tally in the state. AQI in the non-attainment cities continues to remain in the 'poor', 'very poor' or severe categories for October. On Friday afternoon, the air quality has slightly improved and PM 2.5 level was at 119.

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To limit air pollution in Lucknow, authorities set to begin a campaign from Sunday

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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