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|Air pollution level||Air quality index||Main pollutant|
|Unhealthy|| 188* US AQI||PM2.5|
PM2.5 concentration in Pitampura is currently 25.3 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value
|Friday, Dec 1|
Unhealthy 188 AQI US
Unhealthy 188 AQI US
|Sunday, Dec 3|
Unhealthy 154 AQI US
|Monday, Dec 4|
Unhealthy 159 AQI US
|Tuesday, Dec 5|
Unhealthy 152 AQI US
|Wednesday, Dec 6|
Unhealthy for sensitive groups 146 AQI US
|Thursday, Dec 7|
Unhealthy for sensitive groups 141 AQI US
|Friday, Dec 8|
Unhealthy for sensitive groups 148 AQI US
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Pitampura, a residential area in the North-Western region of Delhi, is subject to some severe levels of air pollution, with readings towards the end of 2021 as well as US AQI readings (air quality index) taken in early 2022 indicating a hazardous level of smoke, haze and fine particulate matter present in the air. much like the rest of the greater Delhi region and its satellite cities, pollution is a continuous problem, and with increases in population size coupled with other factors such as larger vehicle ownership, and more businesses, factories and industrial sites being opened to supply energy and other materials to the people of Pitampura, the pollution levels may be a severe issue for a while longer. Although the pollution levels are not as severe throughout the entire course of the year (with brief periods of respite, albeit these periods still being harmful when compared to other cleaner cities throughout Asia), the readings that are about to be quoted carry with them a vast number of severe health issues, as well as harming the environment and destroying ecosystems in surrounding areas. In early January of 2022, a US AQI reading of 340 was recorded in Pitampura, placing it into the hazardous air quality rating bracket, the highest possible one that can be achieved. This is color-coded as maroon, with the three most dangerous air pollution ratings having associated red, purple and maroon color codes for ease of reference when observing pollution forecasts and maps. As such, it can be said that for the whole of December 2021, as well as January of 2022, the air quality levels are extremely poor and as many preventative measures should be taken as possible. These readings are expected to continue, and air quality forecasts can be followed to safeguard oneself from air pollution present on more severe days. Such readings can be found either on this page or via the AirVisual app.
Health problems and side effects that may occur when pollution exposure is high in Pitampura include irritation to the respiratory tract, as well as infections of the lungs and throat. Skin conditions can occur from smoke and haze exposure, including atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Further conditions include those that fall under the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) grouping, with some examples including pneumonia, bronchitis, aggravated forms of asthma as well as emphysema. More serious health conditions include arrhythmias, as well as increased rates of heart attacks, strokes and even premature death. These incidences of premature death have been linked time and time again directly, or indirectly, to higher pollution exposure, with many studies highlighting this fact throughout recent history across not only India but worldwide. This places a large amount of emphasis on the importance of keeping yourself and your family safe from pollution exposure throughout Pitampura, particularly during periods that see severe spikes in the air pollution readings.
Some of the inhabitants of Pitampura that can be considered to be more at risk of suffering from negative reactions (and in some cases much more significant effects) from pollution exposure are people such as the elderly, as well as those with compromised immune systems or pre-existing health conditions, being worsened by other factors and comorbidities such sedentary lifestyle, or habits such as smoking. Other people that may need to take to stay clear from clouds of smoke, smog and haze include pregnant women, those with hypersensitivity towards chemical pollutants, as well as young children and babies.
Some examples of the pollutants that can be found in the air of Pitampura include those that can also be found within many different cities and states across India. There are some distinct differences in certain areas, with factors such as weather conditions playing a role, as well as the natural topography and urban areas all playing a part in allowing the buildup of certain pollutants, or in the opposite regard, the dispersal of them. Strong winds can play important roles in removing large clouds of haze, smoke and hazardous particulate matter, as well as rain tamping down some of the larger particles that are found in the air in Pitampura (although when the two are compared, wind is the far more effective remover of air pollution). With these disparities taken into account, there are varying levels of the same pollutants found across different areas of the country. Certain industrial methods can also add to the pollution collective, with activities such as stubble burning in certain parts of India, as well as brick kilns, firecrackers during festivals and excess vehicle usage all contributing to their levels. Some of the main pollutants found in the air in Pitampura would be those that are used to calculate the US AQI figure, which are nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone (more commonly known as smog, often seen in areas of heavy traffic), carbon monoxide as well as the two main forms of particle pollution, PM10 and PM2.5. PM2.5, with its minute size of 2.5 micrometers or less (on occasion going down to sizes many microns smaller) allows it to penetrate deep into the lungs, causing tissue damage within the pulmonary region, as well as crossing the blood barrier, assisted by its size, and thus being capable of traveling to the furthest reaches of the body, causing a myriad of health issues, both acute and chronic. This causes it to be far more dangerous out of the two types of particulate matter. Other pollutants that can be found include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as black carbon, both of which are formed when fossil fuels and organic matter are subject to incomplete or low-quality combustion, as is often the case in brick kilns, car engines (particularly aged or poorer quality ones), crop burning fields as well as the open burning of trash and refuse. Some examples of VOCs include styrene, xylene, methylene chloride, toluene, formaldehyde and benzene. Black carbon, as noted above, is usually found crusted onto roadside areas and other comparable sites that see a considerable amount of combustion taking place. It is a potent carcinogen and is counted amongst the PM2.5 collective, although some of its particles can be slightly larger. Other forms of harmful or cancerous particles include finely ground silica (another known carcinogen that can also cause scarification of lung tissue when breathed in excess or over long periods), microplastics, metals, sulfates and nitrates, along with oil vapors, often released from those previously mentioned older vehicles. These are but a number of the impurities and pollutants that can be encountered within the air in Pitampura, in varying degrees depending on the area and its relevant activities.
The most prominent causes of air pollution present in Pitampura would be ones such as vehicles, factories and industrial areas that burn through large amounts of fossil fuels such as oil, diesel, natural gas and coal, as well as construction, road repairs and other similar sites that disturb large amounts of earth and other finer particles all adding to the pollution levels. During certain months when there are high levels of heat, and a lack of wind and rain, the smoke and dust can accumulate around Pitampura, causing considerable spikes in air pollution as seen in early January of 2022. Smoke can also be blown in from neighboring cities, whereby it can become trapped within the city, unable to disperse due to lack of strong winds, particularly prominent in areas that have a high volume of traffic surrounded by many tall buildings. These are a few of the causes of air pollution in Pitampura, and there can be many others present around different areas depending on the anthropogenic or industrial activity taking place.