Hyderabad – Telangana’s Most Air Polluted City

The pollution in Hyderabad city is invariably on a high. According to the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB), this year Hyderabad is the most air polluted city of the state, when compared to other cities of the state.

The APPCB had conducted an ambient air quality monitoring systems at 22 locations and based on the reports, the APPCB has come to this conclusion. Out of the 22 monitored locations, 19 locations had a very high level of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), which is very dangerous.

Places like Paradise, Madhapur, Chikkadapally, Nehru Zooligical Park, Punjagutta, Charminar, Sanathnagar, Shameerpet, Sainikpuri, Buddha Purnima Project Area, Kukatpally, Uppal, Nacharam, Jubilee Hills, KBPN Park, Abids, Jeedimetla, Balanagar, Imlibun and Langar House had more air pollution than tolerable RSPM standard of -60 ug/m3. Panjagutta had highest RSPM of -133ug/m3 and Charminar has RSPM of 126 ug/m3. When compared to 2010, the RSPM of Panjagutta was at -80ug/m3 and Charminar was at -85ug/m3.

It was also found that air pollution in various locations in Hyderabad had dangerous pollutants. The levels of air pollution were beyond acceptable, which is causing a threat to most of the places in Hyderabad.

Under the World Bank aided project ‘Capacity building for industrial pollution management project’, APPCB has been observing dangerous air pollutants like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and lead.

The government is not taking any action plan, to keep a check on air pollution. It had made Pollution Utility Certificate mandatory, but no measures have been taken to monitor day to day things.

Source: The Hans India