Chandigarh air hits new low
CHANDIGARH: Hold your breath! The city air has crossed the danger zone. Pollution level has soared as the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) has moved beyond the permissible limit, a report of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee has revealed.
The committee divided the city into five zones, Sector 17, Punjab Engineering College, Industrial Area, Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and Kaimbwala village, to measure the air quality. To its shock, the RSPM in all the areas was much higher than what was allowed (see box). Diesel autos are the main culprits.