Published on : Friday, November 10, 2017
On Thursday morning, the pm 2.5 contents of the air was at 410 ppm with the peak at 460 ppm, which is almost 9 times the normal range of pollutants, covering the city under a blanket of smog.
For two consecutive days, the Air Quality Index of Agra has stayed in the red, making the air of the city extremely hazardous to breathe in.
SO2 levels have reached 19 micrograms per cu.m. of air, while NO2 levels have reached 68 micrograms, which is twice the normal levels.
A pollution control board official in Delhi said that in some parts of the city, the PM 2.5 levels have reached 500. Even carbon monoxide, which makes the blood lose its oxygen content, has hit 46 times its normal limit at 92 micrograms.
The Agra Commissioner K Ram Mohan Rao said that the civic administration is working on a long term action plan in which the NO2 emission of Firozabad industries will be measured by monitoring systems.
The similar automatic air quality reporting systems will be installed in the industrial areas of Agra and Firozabad to measure the pollution. A Sewage Treatment Plant will also be established in Firozabad in order to maintain the pollution in the skies of Delhi and Agra.
In an effort to curb vehicular pollution, autorickshaws that are older than 15 years, will be replaced with new CNG based autorickshaws and the number of automobile pollution testing centers will also be increased.