Press Esc to close
Wednesday 28 September 2016
News updated at 8:14 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29.3°C
Min : 20.9°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Pollution levels dropped on Bus Day

Last updated: 07 February, 2010
S Lalitha, Bangalore:

Reduction ranged between eight and 21 pc, claims KSPCB

There is clearly a need for more Bus Days in the City as the first such venture by the BMTC on Thursday saw a marked slump in the level of pollutants in the atmosphere.

A DH file photo of a Bus Day poster stuck on a BMTC bus.


As many Bangaloreans, particularly software professionals, hoped on to the buses, three vital air pollutants –– Residual Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), Sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen (NO), which cause heart and lung diseases, dipped considerably at Marathahalli (Old Airport Road).

According to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, the reduction in pollution levels range from 8 to 21 per cent. Other pollutants like oxides of carbon and ozone too have showed marginal depreciation.
The findings were arrived at after an analysis of ambient air quality levels before, during and after the ‘Bus Day’. The KSPCB mobile laboratory was stationed for eight hours on February 2, February 4 (Bus Day) and February 5. The monitoring was carried out from 10 am to 6 pm on all the days.

The Board initially planned to monitor the pollution level along Hosur Road too but the possession of just a single mobile lab unit forced it to record readings in one area alone. “We will monitor the pollution levels along a different stretch during the next Bus Day,” the official added.

The level of pollutants clearly shot up the subsequent day and this has come as a shot in the arm for BMTC.

Reacting to the findings, Member Secretary of the Board, M S Gowdar said this novel effort by BMTC was “a very welcome one”. The figures clearly reveal the need for many more such ‘Bus Days’ in the City, he opined. “If Bangaloreans voluntarily decide to commute by buses for one day in a week, it could improve the quality of air considerably,” he added.
DH News Service


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his Kisan Yatra in Lakhimpur...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his Kisan Yatra in Lakhimpur...

Foreign tourists enjoy with the folk artists at Junagarh Fort on the World Tourism Day...

Foreign tourists enjoy with the folk artists at Junagarh Fort on the World Tourism Day...

Akshay Kumar with his mother-in-law actress Dimple Kapadia attending the music launch...

Akshay Kumar with his mother-in-law actress Dimple Kapadia attending the music launch...

Finalists of a dance reality show Ashish Das and Masoom Narzary perform at a show...

Finalists of a dance reality show Ashish Das and Masoom Narzary perform at a show...

Kejriwal is tied a turban during a programme on 110th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh...

Kejriwal is tied a turban during a programme on 110th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh...

Young girls pay floral tribute to Freedom Fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh...

Young girls pay floral tribute to Freedom Fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh...

School students pay tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary at a School...

School students pay tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary at a School...

President Barack Obama smiles as he wears a blanket that was presented to him....

President Barack Obama smiles as he wears a blanket that was presented to him....

Donald Trump shakes hands with Hillary Clinton following the presidential debate...

Donald Trump shakes hands with Hillary Clinton following the presidential debate...

Bill Clinton shakes hands with Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump before the presidential debate...

Bill Clinton shakes hands with Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump before the presidential debate...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523