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Dusty weather grounds flights in Chandigarh, Hry issues advisory

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Low due to dusty weather conditions led to cancellations of all flights to and from the International Airport today, while the Board advised against construction activities in (NCR) districts for the next two days.

Dusty weather prevailed in most parts of and Haryana, and levels dropped. The said the situation would improve only by tomorrow.

A International Airport Limited said, "As a result of disruption due to bad weather, all flights from were cancelled today."

The weather department here said a ground-level dust storm in Rajasthan, with wind speeds up to 40 kmph, had led to a spike in the levels of coarse particles in the air in most parts of and Punjab, including Chandigarh, since yesterday.

of Chandigarh's MeT Department told that a western disturbance approaching the region was likely to clear the air.

Meanwhile, the maximum temperatures registered a drop of 2-5 degrees Celsius today. Thunderstorm with squall is likely at isolated places of and on June 15 and 16, the MeT department said.

The Board (HSPCB) today issued advisory that no construction activities should be carried out for the next two days in districts falling under (NCR).

It also advised that no hot mix plants and stone crushers be operated for the next two days in the districts.

"and areas and other parts of Haryana have been experiencing a very severe air pollution due to dust storm with PM 2.5 level crossing even 500g/m3 and 10 values.

"These dust storms have been attributed to storm and the winds coming from the regions of and beyond. has informed that similar conditions will continue to prevail for next few days," the advisory stated.

Taking cognizance of these facts, the Board has also issued an advisory to all deputy commissioners and municipal commissioners of districts in Haryana to ensure frequent sprinkling of water to help settle the dust, to keep strict vigil on the garbage burning activities through deployment of special teams, increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads and identifying road stretches with the high dust generation for addressing the issues.

The board has also requested the Haryana health department to issue an advisory to the public on precautions to be taken during dusty weather conditions.

Haryana's Minister said the HSPCB was monitoring the pollution level and would advise further necessary steps in consultation with the Supreme Court-mandated Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority and the

The air quality in parts of also took a hit today due to dust and hazy weather.

An of the pointed out that air quality index was alarmingly high in many cities of the state due to dust pollution.

The air quality index level recorded in many cities of Punjab today was way above permissible limits. In Jalandhar, it was 425, in 488 and in Patiala it was 456.

The said children and aged people should take every precaution and avoid going out as the prevailing weather condition could adversely impact their health.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:30 IST
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