With the growth in road infrastructure, the pollution levels at many places in Bhubaneswar have gone beyond the permissible limit, posing potential threats to the denizens of the temple city.
The air that you breathe in the city is not as safe as you may believe it to be. In fact, it’s polluted enough to cause respiratory disorders.
A report by the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) revealed that pollutants in the ambient air were found to be far above the permissible limit at all the six pollution monitoring stations in the city.
To monitor pollution level on a regular basis, the pollution board has installed six pollution monitoring devices at Patrapada, the IRC village, the OSPCB office, the Capital police station, Rasulgarh and at the OSPCB laboratory in Chandrasekharpur.
The Board collates weekly data on air pollution from monitoring stations at six different places to determine the pollution levels. Usually, the PM-10 in the air is found to be higher in winter than in summer. But, a reverse trend is being seen in the city. Although winter is over, we are still recording high PM-10 here.
Hadibandhu Panigrahi, OSPCB regional officer
Surprisingly, it is not vehicular smoke that is the primary pollutant of city air. Pollution board sources said while vehicular pollution can be blamed for contributing 40% of the pollutants, the primary cause of air pollution in Bhubaneswar is coming out of construction material on roadsides and transportation of such materials in trucks and dumpers.
The level of Particulate Matter (PM-10) in the air is between 120 to 213 microgram per metre cube while the permissible limit is 100 micro gram per metre cube.
Odisha State Pollution Control Board
How Bad It Really is?
As per a report in the Indian Express, the of PM-10 levels at many places in Delhi last month was as much as 900 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m³). Even as the PM-10 level in Bhubaneswar is not as alarming as that of Delhi, it may already be contributing to many cases of respiratory diseases in the city.
The particulate matter (PM 10) is a term used to describe tiny air particles made up of a complex mixture of dust, dirt, soot, smoke, organic and inorganic materials having a particle size less than or equal to 10 microns diameter. These tiny specks pose the greatest health risks due to the ease with which they penetrate and build up in the human respiratory system.
Mr. Panigrahi further adds that the pollution board is directing concerned agencies to monitor piling up of construction materials and to ask construction companies to use sprinklers to suppress the dust.
Courtesy: The Times of India