Almost the entire state continued to reel under ‘unbreathable’ air with at least eight UP cities recording ‘severe’ air quality, as per the data released by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Monday. Agra with AQI (air quality index) of 486 recorded the worst air quality across the country. Vrindavan in adjacent Mathura district recorded AQI of 475, the second worst in the county.
Other West UP districts including Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Greater Noida as well as Kanpur recorded ‘severe’ AQI. AQI over 401 is considered severe and is known to have adverse impact on human health on exposure, according to experts.