December 9, 2022

The air high quality in three main southern cities Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai this November was higher than what it was throughout the identical month final yr, a Greenpeace India evaluation of the Central Air pollution Management Board (CPCB) information has revealed.

The discount of PM 2.5 emissions ranged from 16 per cent to 37 per cent. Nevertheless, air air pollution ranges in all three cities stay increased than the prescribed WHO requirements (25µg/m3).

In Bengaluru, the typical focus of PM2.5 this November was 33.49µg/m3 as in comparison with 40.33µg/m3 in November 2019 — a drop of 16.96 per cent. Bapuji Nagar and Jaynagar remained hotspots with a median PM2.5 focus of 42µg/m3 and 39µg/m3, respectively.

In line with the evaluation, Bengaluru had solely 12 days in November 2020 when the PM2.5 focus remained beneath the prescribed WHO requirements. BTM format within the metropolis was the least-polluted space with a median PM2.5 focus of round 20µg/m3.

Equally, in Hyderabad, the typical focus of PM2.5 decreased by 17.88 per cent. The common focus of PM2.5 this November was 56.32µg/m3 as in comparison with 68.58µg/m3 throughout the identical interval final yr.

Air high quality monitoring stations in Sanathnagar and Zoo Park recorded the very best common of PM2.5 i.e; 62µg/m3. In the entire month, Hyderabad solely witnessed a single day when the air high quality matched the prescribed PM2.5 WHO normal.

Chennai’s air high quality fared significantly better and its common focus of PM2.5 was 34.11µg/m3 as in comparison with 54.75µg/m3 in November 2019. Manali stays the worst-polluted space with a median of 48µg/m3.

Avinash Chanchal, local weather campaigner at Greenpeace India, mentioned, “Aside from industries, vehicular air pollution continues to be a significant supply of air pollution in these cities. Growth of town space and inhabitants, together with progress in financial actions within the peri-urban areas, has resulted in excessive automobile possession charges.

PM 2.5 causes severe well being dangers like cardiovascular ailments, respiratory ailments, and lung most cancers.

Publicity to air air pollution will increase our vulnerability to respiratory viral infections each by way of the transmission and severity of the an infection.

Within the case of Covid-19, the present proof signifies that persistent publicity to air pollution is related to extra extreme infections and better mortality.

There are research that underscore the significance of continuous to implement present air air pollution laws to guard human well being each throughout and after the Covid-19 disaster.

Thus, to carry the air high quality inside prescribed WHO limits, these cities want a coordinated and constant motion plan to handle main sources of air pollution that exist all year long.

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