Bengalureans breathing hazardous levels of pollutants in air

Bengalureans breathing hazardous levels of pollutants in air

Submitted by Kumuda on Fri, 2017-01-13 13:38 Bengaluru: No Indian city meets the WHO standards on air quality and very few cities in southern India comply with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) standards. These are among the damning findings of a new report issued by Greenpeace on air quality standards in the country.Data obtained by Greenpeace from state pollution control boards and RTI applications shows that pollution levels in Bengaluru and other cities in Karnataka are above WHO and National Ambient Air Quality standards.“Air pollution levels for cities in Karnataka highlighted that PM10 were higher than the annual average of 60 µg/m3 as prescribed under NAAQS. Levels of PM 10 in the atmosphere in Davanagere, Bengaluru, Tumkur, Riachur and Hubbali were respectively 109, 119, 118, 87 and 80 µg/m3 for year 2015-2016,” states the report titled ‘Airpocalypse’.Commenting on the report, Greenpeace campaigner Sunil Dahiya said air pollution was no more just the “problem of Northern India and Delhi”. “Bengaluru and many other urban centres in southern India are breathing hazardous levels of pollutants in the air. It's time people in Southern India demand and contribute towards their right to clean air and move away from polluting fossil fuel based society to clean energy and transport system. An aggressive shift towards public transport from the government and public is the need of the hour,” said Sunil.According to the report, the main source of pollution in the city is the exponential growth in the number of vehicles. Vehicular pollution constitutes about 42 per cent of the air pollution in the city. “Based on the report the pollutants shows significant contribution of anthropogenic sources i.e., fossil fuel burning, to the overall air quality in the city,” states the report.“Delhi tops the list with 268 µg/m3. The city is followed closely by Ghaziabad, Allahabad, and Bareli in Uttar Pradesh; Faridabad in Haryana; Jharia in Jharkhand, Alwar in Rajasthan; Ranchi, Kusunda and Bastacola in Jharkhand; Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, and Patna in Bihar,” states the report.