Manali Ranked Number one Out of Eleven Towns Providing The Purest Air in Himachal
Manali has ranked number one in having purest air quality out of the list of eleven towns of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. As per a data released by the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (HPSPCB), Manali has replaced the capital city Shimla from the ranking of number one city in the north with the best Air Quality Index (AQI).
The ranking secured by Shimla, Dharamshala and Parwanoo are 45, 41 and 24, respectively. Meanwhile, Manali is rejoicing as this ranking is a bonus attraction for the tourism industry. The city has always been considered as a hotspot for tour and tourism, even during the coronavirus pandemic the city witnessed an immense surge of tourists.
Apoorv Devgan, Member Secretary HPSPCB said;
We also have a plan of action in place for various interventions in towns exceeding the air quality limit. We don’t have that much of an issue as far as gaseous emissions are concerned but places like Baddi, Brotiwala, Nalagarh are in the critical zones where the dust particulates cause discomfort in the breathing. Significantly, our tourist hotspots are cleaner, blessed with natural scenic beauty, greenery and cleaner skies.
The Board has performed regular monitoring of the air quality in eleven major towns while setting up twenty five monitoring stations under the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program. According to Devang, the central government has provided funding to the board to undertake steps like improving roads and construction activities.
He further added that the day people in Himachal will start depending on air purifiers, it would be a bad indicator of the environmental health of the state. However, the authorities and citizens must make sure to keep the air clean.
Despite facing extreme weather conditions Himachal Pradesh has the best air quality. Some towns including Damtal, Nalagarh, Kala Amb and Paonta Sahib have comparatively higher ratio of pollution.
Himachal Pradesh’s Manali is indeed a beautiful town to visit and the factors like fresh air, clear skies, etc. further add to its glorifying beauty.