Deepavali was less polluted than last year's: KSPCB

Deepavali was less polluted than last year's: KSPCB

 A report released by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Friday said that air and noise pollution was under control in Bengaluru during Deepavali festival.

This in spite of KSPCB’s observation that the Supreme Court's order — that crackers should be burst only between 8 and 10 pm in Bengaluru — was violated.

The KSPCB analysed air and noise pollution data from November 6-8. The average air quality index (AQI) figures of each station were analysed. According to the report, the AQI was 129 at City Railway Station, 113.6 at Veterinary College Hebbal, 143 at Jayanagar 5th Block and 127.7 at Kavika on Mysuru Road. The AQI was 81 at SG Halli, 89.3 at Nimhans and 93 at Central Silk Board.

Board officials said this meant that the AQI was moderate at City Railway Station, Hebbal, Jayanagar and Mysuru Road, while it was satisfactory at SG Halli, Nimhans and Central Silk Board.

On normal days (October 31- November 5), the air quality monitored at these seven locations showed that the AQI was moderate (117) only at City Railway Station. At the remaining five locations, the average AQI was satisfactory (between 51-100).

The KSPCB also noted that air pollution was less this year compared to 2017.

It also measured noise pollution through 10 continuous ambient noise monitoring stations across the city. Data analysed revealed that noise pollution was also under control. Officials noted that it was also less compared to 2017.

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