Baghpat, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, is India’s most polluted

By: Talat Mohsin

A small town in the state of Uttar Pradesh, named Baghpat has recorded the worst Air Quality Index in India, making it the most polluted area of India. Baghpat is located around 55 km from the National capital Delhi.

The Central Pollution Control Board had recorded Baghpat’s AQI at a staggering 500- the maximum possible reading from government monitors. The small town has been covered with a thick layer of smog, making it impossible for the local residents to even breath outside. In the wake of such hazardous circumstances, the DM of the town, Shakuntala Gautam has announced that all schools will be closed till 5th November.

As reported yesterday, six of the most polluted in the top ten were towns of Uttar Pradesh. Apart from Baghpat, they also included the names of Hapur, Bulandshahr, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad. They all had an AQI rated severe.

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath held a meeting regarding pollution in the state but no details of the meeting were provided to the press. Excessive pollution is being tackled by sprinkling water in the town’s. Farmers accused of burning crops are also being fined in the state.

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