City moderately polluted but Nagpurians at risk of respiratory diseases

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jun 2018 09:37:50


By Vikas Vaidya,

Civil Lines less polluted while North Ambazari Road witnessing construction work is having high level of pollution

Compared to metro cities, the air quality index (AQI) of city is yet not in red zone. But that does not mean the air in city is healthy, yet the pollution level is moderate, states Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). The agency regularly monitors the air quality of city and the statistics collated by them certifies that city is still on safer side. They say that pollution level here is in moderate range.

According to environment experts, the increasing pollution level in city can be attributed to ongoing road construction work, Metro Rail work and other infrastructure development works. Together their contribution in terms of releasing polluting elements in air is on higher side. In recent past the hectic pace at which the works are on and that to without adhering to pollution control norms, especially those of concrete roads, the effects on the environment was inevitable.

On its website MPCB posted details of its survey conducted in Civil Lines, Divisional Commissioner's Office area, North Ambazari road, Hingna Road and Sadar. The survey was conducted between May 4, 2018 to June 4, 2018. They measured the levels of sulphur di oxide, nitrogen oxide and respirable suspended particulate matter and based on results categorised monitored the air quality of respective areas.

The survey reveals AQI in various parts of city, it ranges from 59 to 120 on different days. The fluctuation of AQI varies from area to area.

For example at Civil lines the AQI ranges between 47 and 81 while on Hingna Road area where Metro Rail works are on the range of AQI rises and it hovers between 72 and 121. Same is the case with North Ambazari Road area too as it is also having a Metro Rail link. The range of AQI on North Ambazari is from 75 to 125, which is more than that of Hingna. The area around Divisional Commissioner office is dotted with thick green cover and hence the AQI here is mere 51, it again underlines importance of trees in our lives.

According to MPCB officials, AQI upto 50 is good, between 51 and 100 is satisfactory, upto 200 is moderate while beyond 300 is categorised as poor and between 301 and 400 is very poor. AQI more than 400 is severe. According to remarks on AQI set by MPCB Nagpur's Office, overall pollution level in city is moderate but that does not means safe as it is in the danger zone and leaves people to prone for respiratory problems.

Dr Rajesh Swarnakar, National Secretary, Indian Chest Society, said the moderate level of pollution causes breathing discomfort to people who have ailments of lung, heart disease, children and elders. If pollution level goes higher the respiratory illness to the people would increase on prolonged exposure. The officials don’t admit but environmentalists say the dust emitting due to ill planned road construction and Metro Rail work is main causes of rise in pollution level in city. This is evident as AQI is less in Civil Lines and more in other areas where the work of concretisation of roads and construction of Metro Rail is on.