Greater Hyderabad citizens are going to be suffocated with air pollution 98 days this year. The Center for Science and the Environment's latest report reveals that the level of particulate matter in the lungs will increase significantly by the end of 2021 when compared to 2020. The average dust particle volume (PM – 2.5) per cubic meter of air was recorded as 41 micrograms.
As a result, city dwellers are suffering from respiratory diseases and heart-related problems due to pollution. Pollution levels have declined in 2020 due to lockdowns. The city ranks third in air pollution in the southern states, the agency said in the latest report. In second place is Visakhapatnam which is in neighboring AP. Pollution suffocated the city for only 60 days in 2020. Greater City will end up with 98 days of unbearable pollution in 2021, the report said.
Visakhapatnam has been plagued with pollution for 86 days, the report said. Air pollution is expected to increase, mainly in the south between December and March. It was found that the citizens were having difficulty in breathing due to the high intensity of pollution in winter. There will be unbearable pollution for 98 days in Greater City this year. The highest winter dust particle record was recorded on December 26th, 2020, and January 3, 2021.
It is noteworthy that on these two dates, one cubic meter of air recorded a whopping 81 micrograms of pollutants in the air. The CSE report revealed that an average of 83 micrograms of particulate matter was recorded in the industrial area of Sanathnagar. Even at Central University in Gachibowli, the average cubic meter of air pollution was 57 micrograms.