News By/Courtesy: Nikitha M | 29 Jul 2020 17:52pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley and the Garden City of India
  • The improvement in quality of air in Bengaluru
  • The impact of better air quality in the city

Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India which is equally known for its natural beauty surrounded by valleys and hills. Being located at an elevation of more than 3000 ft, Bangalore is a hill station that has developed over a period of time. It is also one of the cities that enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. Bangalore is home to several beautiful lakes. It also holds a significant place in the chapters of Indian history.

Bangalore’s range of air pollution is pretty high considering our garden city is also the IT hub of the nation. As the overflowing population flock here to make their career, nature suffers every single day. The Coronavirus lockdown has been good for the lungs of Bengalureans as the city’s air quality has improved significantly. According to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), the pollution in Bangalore has reduced to almost 60-65%. This means that the air quality of Bangalore has improved from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’ ratings according to the Air Quality Index (AQI). Some of the city’s most polluted areas like the city railway station and Peenya industrial area have also witnessed a reduction in pollution levels.

Constant constructions like the metro rail constructions that contribute to air pollution have also been on a halt. Emissions from vehicular pollution are also a key contributor to air pollution in Bangalore since it is the most traffic-congested city in India. The increase in the quality of air in Bangalore indicates the contribution of traffic to air pollution. Vehicular emission amounts to around 40% of the air pollution and the construction and industrial dust contribute to almost 15% each.

Due to the improvement in the air quality, respiratory health in children, as well as adults, have improved. The reduction of pollution has an impact on the entire food chain and that explains why the flowers look brighter and the plants look greener. Rare birds have also been spotted in the city and the climate of Bangalore is more beautiful than ever. The lockdown has made people realize the importance of environment-friendly non-motorized transportation systems. Scientists have also reported an improvement in air quality, globally. Thanks to the lockdown, nature is getting time to recharge itself.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal views and opinions in the exercise of the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being force in India, for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 29 Jul 2020 22:15pm IST


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