Ludhiana records lowest visibility in Punjab
LUDHIANA: Owing to high pollution levels, Ludhiana witnessed lowest visibility among the major cities of the state, with a blanket of smog covering it on Sunday. The meteorological department has predicted it to lessen in the next few days.
As per the department, smog brought down the visibility to 350 metres at 8.30am on Sunday, and it improved to around 750 metres at 11.30am and was recorded 1,500 metres at 5.30pm.
Amritsar was the second most affected city in the state, where visibility at 8.30am on Sunday was 750 metres, but was equal to Ludhiana at 5.30pm.
“There are chances of light to moderate winds on Monday and Tuesday. This might provide some respite to people. Winds or rainfall or thunderstorm dissipate the smog,” said Surender Paul, director, Chandigarh meteorological department.
Maximum day temperature in the city on Sunday was 28.8 degrees celsius, which is a degree less than normal. The minimum (night) temperature was 10.5 degrees celsius, which is three degrees below normal. The relative humidity level was 91%, which is 16% more than the normal.
The residents found it hard to breathe in dense smog. “Smog has made life difficult for us. Most of our family members are facing body aches, cough and skin allergies, besides lethargy due to low oxygen in the air,” said Harpreet Kaur, a homemaker in BRS Nagar.
It is tougher for the elderly to cope with the condition. “I have been coughing a lot after Diwali. Sometimes I feel breathless and don’t venture out for the fear of contracting infections,” said Paramjeet Singh, a resident of Model Town.