Pune : Fog combined with air pollutants has led to poor air quality in most parts of the city and surrounding areas.

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has said that the city has been enveloped by smog since the last few days affecting air quality and adversely impacting overall health of citizens.

The presence of fog since fortnight has been a pleasant experience for Puneites but MPCB has warned of the presence of air pollutants in the air which can give rise to health problems. The fog is seen covering the hills in Pune during early morning. There has been an increase in PM2.5 particles and GM 10 particles, according to MPCB, which worsened the air quality index.

Air pollutants settle at lower levels in the air during cold weather leading to air pollution. Air quality index level between 50-100 mg per sq km is considered normal, but it has gone above 100. On Sunday, it rose to 122 mg per sq km. bringing the air quality level to moderate, which is considered unhealthy. Shivajinagar, Hadapsar, Alandi, Kothrud, Pashan, Vitthalnagar and Bhumkar Chowk recorded high pollution.

Pulmonologists have warned citizens against the impact of pollution on the health of patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“These patients should remain indoors during night or early morning. Warm clothes and masks are a must for all to avoid the impact of smog,” said pulmonologist Dr Himanshu Pophale.


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