ALTHOUGH CHANDIGARH is closer to the burning fields of Punjab and Haryana, the City Beautiful has escaped the smoggy fate of Delhi due to winds from the Shivalik hills, the Met department said on Monday. The mountain winds have helped in the quick dispersion of smoke and other residual particulate matter in the air over Chandigarh, said Surendra Paul, director of the Meteorological Department.
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The smoggiest morning so far for Chandigarh was the day after Diwali, but it cleared quickly. Paul said geographical and topographical factors favour Chandigarh. Also, Chandigarh does not have the other problems of Delhi, such as industrial and vehicular pollution.
“Mountain winds often move from hilly terrain towards Chandigarh and help in quick dispersion of the residual matter in the atmosphere above the city,” Paul said. Also, the direction of the wind over the last several days has been towards the north-west, he added. Chandigarh might have been affected if the wind was in the south easterly direction.
It has also helped that paddy is now grown in the immediate periphery of Chandigarh. As of Monday, surface winds have started flowing with a relatively high speed, which would help clear up the air in the entire region, he said. The Met department predicts that surface winds would become stronger in the coming days, and could help clear the smog in New Delhi, and affected regions of Haryana and Punjab, said the official.