A record low in air and noise pollution on bandh

Bangalore: The opposition sponsored bandh may have made a strong political point and Bharat Bandh could have brought the City to a standstill inflicting major blow to trade and business, traffic police who usually have to deal with heavy pollution in the City on other days appeared quite happy.

Toxic gases like sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and suspended particles were much below the permissible levels in those areas which have earned notoriety in terms of pollution. Sound pollution was almost 30 per cent below the permissible level.

“It is great to work on such days when you do not have any vehicular movement.  The atmosphere with less pollution looks quite good,” said a traffic constable.”Some amazing figures in terms of less pollution have been recorded. The KSRTC Bus stand which normally records 90 decibels recorded just 57.4 with 36 percent less reduction,” said Sadashivaiah.

According to source, City Railway Station showed a steep reduction in oxides of nitrogen (NOx). It reduced to 34.02 microgram per cubic metre which is 148 micrograms onother days. The permissible standard for NOx is 80 micrograms per cubic metre.

The deserted road, less vehicular movement, children playing on an otherwise busy streets and people strolling leisurely on the roads reminded the grand-old folk their golden old days when Bangalore had earned the name of ‘Garden City’ and ‘Pensioners’ Paradise’.

Source: Deccan herald


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