KSPCB to be blamed for rising air pollution in cities, say experts

Air pollution in most cities of Karnataka is beyond the permissible limit, reveals the Greenpeace India's recent report, and experts blame the callousness of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) for this.

According to the report, Tumakuru had the highest annual PM10 values in 2016 in the state. The annual PM10 levels for Tumakuru, Bidar, Bengaluru, Davangere, Raichur and Hubballi are 144, 113, 106, 84, 88, and 87 respectively. While the permissible limit is 100 ug/m3.

The KSPCB has to be blamed for this as it has failed in creating awareness, said A N Yellappa Reddy, noted environmentalist.

"One can see rampant construction in the developing cities. But the KSPCB is unable to implement its rules. Same is the case with Bengaluru. Because of this, people are suffering in Bengaluru and other cities also," Reddy added.

According to Harini Nagendra, Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, vehicular pollution is the major cause of air pollution in Bengaluru.

But in other cities, construction activities and industrial pollution also add to air pollution, Harini said and added that the only solution to check this is to increase green cover by planting more trees. However, the civic agencies are axing them mindlessly, she said.

Despite repeated attempts, KSPCB officials were not available for comment.

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