GUWAHATI: If you live in Guwahati in Assam, or if you are traveling to the city, be careful what you breathe.
The capital city of Assam – Guwahati – breathes black carbon!
Black carbon is the sooty black substance that comes from gas and diesel engines, coal-fired power plants, and other sources that burn fossil fuels.
It contains a significant amount of particulate matter (PM), which is an air pollutant.
Guwahati tops the list of the most polluted cities in Assam, a study by Delhi’s Center for Science and Environment (CSE) has revealed.
Besides Guwahati, the cities of Nagaon, Silchar, Sivasagar and Nalbari in Assam have also shown a significant rise in air pollution levels.
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Pollution levels in these cities have exceeded the prescribed air quality standards.
A preliminary study has revealed that air pollution in these cities of Assam is caused by heavy traffic, traffic congestion and heavy fuel consumption.
The rise in air pollution in the Northeast has caused public health problems throughout the Northeast.
During winters, the air pollution in Guwahati is the worst among other polluted cities across India.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has also cited that Guwahati’s air quality is among the worst.
In fact, Guwahati’s air quality is rated very poor.