Ozone pollution doubles in 1 year in Delhi-NCR : Report


New Delhi: The Ozone pollution has doubled in one year in Delhi-NCR pushing millions to higher risk of cancer as the region battles a new environmental hazard of late.

A new analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has revealed that the Ozone pollution was higher between April and June of this year as compared to the same period last year.

According to the Delhi-based non-profit think tank, the average ozone levels observed in Delhi exceeded the prescribed standards on 13 percent of the days between April 1 and June 15 of this year as compared to 7 percent of the same time frame in 2018.

The CSE study further said that the number of days crossing the limit was 53 percent to 92 percent which has been dubbed as ‘extremely high’.

The reports said Faridabad experienced the highest share of days when the average ozone levels exceeded the prescribed standard at 80 percent.

Ghaziabad was a close second with 67 percent of the days followed by Gurgaon at 21 percent.

In the capital city itself, the number of days fell between 53 percent to 93 percent in several industrial and residential areas.

In the report titled ‘At The Crossroads’, the think tank specifies that ozone is a reactive gas and can have an immediate adverse effect on those suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions.

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