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Noida Recorded Best Average Air Quality Index In Seven Years In 2023: Data

The average Air Quality Index (AQI) for 2023 in Noida was recorded at 188, which is the best in seven years from 2017, according to the annual CAAQMS (Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations) data

Noida Recorded Best Average AQI In Seven Years In 2023, Shows Data
Noida recorded its second-best average PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations in 2023, according to official data

Noida: In the seven years from 2017, Noida recorded its best average AQI in 2023 and the second-best average PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations in the air, according to official data. The average Air Quality Index (AQI) for 2023 in Noida was recorded at 188. It was recorded at 199 in 2022, 208 in 2021, 189 in 2020, 218 in 2019, 229 in 2018 and 214 in 2017, according to the annual CAAQMS (Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations) data.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), an AQI between 0-50 is ‘good’, 51-100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 is ‘moderate’, 201-300 is ‘poor’, 301-400 is ‘very poor’ and 401-500 is ‘severe’, with the possible impact of air quality on health increasing at every stage.

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In terms of particulate matter (PM)2.5, the average for 2023 was 83, up from 79 in 2022 but down from 99 in 2021, 94 in 2020, 111 in 2019, 116 in 2018 and 163 in 2017, the data showed.

In terms of PM10, the average for 2023 was 189. The figure was 210 in 2022, 221 in 2021, 183 in 2020, 221 in 2019, 210 in 2018 and 189 in 2017, according to the data.

PM2.5 and PM10 refer to fine particulate matter in the air, with the numbers indicating their size in micrometres.

PM2.5 are fine particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres or less, about the width of a human hair. These are so small that these can penetrate deep into the lungs and even enter the bloodstream, posing significant health risks.

PM10 are coarser particles with a diameter of 10 micrometres or less, about the width of 10 human hairs. While not as concerning as PM2.5, these can still irritate the airways and worsen respiratory problems.

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NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which in its Season 10 is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Ayushmann Khurrana. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In a world post COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental well-being, self-care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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