March-9, 2013-SRINAGAR:An aerial view of Main Lal Chowk as Kashmir witness normal life, vehicles play on roads on Saturday after six days of curfew. Curfew was imposed in major towns of Kashmir to prevent protest in view of the volatile situation following the death of a Baramulla youth in army firing earlier this week. Excelsior Photo/Mohd Amin War
Srinagar, Nov 19: Lal Chowk has been recorded as most polluted while Raj Bagh is least polluted in Srinagar. As per the official document of Pollution Control Board, Jahangir Chowk, which is the most traffic-congested areas near Lal Chowk, is termed as most polluted area of the Srinagar city. As per the official figures, winter season has been witnessing increased pollution levels in the various areas of Srinagar. The data reveals that in 2018 January, February, March and April, Jahangir Chowk area has recorded 69.43pm, 63.00pm, 69.66pm, and 60.45pm (particular matter) respectively. However, from May to July, it recorded less than 55pm. Similarly from Boulevard area the date reveals that in the month of January the pollution has took evaluation to 70.92pm but in February, March and April the pollution was recorded 61.30pm, 59.67pm, 50.94pm, respectively. However, from the month of May to July, the trend has decreased to 45.85pm. Likewise the pollution from Soura near the SKIMS hospital this year has been recorded as 51.76pm, 52.61pm, 50.84pm and 45.50pm in the month of January, February, March and April respectively, where as in the summer month from May to June the trend has fallen to 55.68pm. As compared to the other area, Raj Bagh this year recorded less pollution. The trend goes like 57.91pm, 49.41pm, 45.55pm, 39.65pm in the month of January, February, March and April respectively where as from the month of May to July it has decreased. Director Pollution Control Board, Syed Nadeem Hussain, told The Kashmir Monitor that the percentage of pollution is seen higher in winter months as there is no dispersion of particular matter (pm) in the winter days. “Because of the variation in temperature and the pressure in the atmosphere, there is high pollution recorded in winter season.” In May this year, the World Health Organization released a report ranking Srinagar as one of the most polluted cities in the world. The WHO findings placed Srinagar at serial No 10 among 15 worst polluted cities. These findings were based on the quality of air and respirable suspended particulate matter in the air that enter lungs.