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Hyderabad reported as second most populated city in South India

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            According to a recent Greenpeace assessment, the air in Telangana’s capital, Hyderabad, is the second most poisonous in South India.

In terms of two atmospheric air quality indicators, PM 2.5 and PM 10 emissions, the city is doing quite poorly. In the meantime, Visakhapatnam is the most polluted city in South India.

The analysis was place between November 20, 2020, and November 20, 2021, and the findings were compared to both WHO-recommended air quality standards and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Based on data availability, population, and monitoring station networks, air pollution statistics from 10 cities were selected and analysed: Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Amaravati, Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Mangalore, Puducherry, Coimbatore, and Mysore.

Annual PM10 levels in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad were seven times higher than WHO standards, while PM2.5 levels were seven to eight times higher, according to the survey.

Despite pandemic-induced lockdowns and resulting traffic reductions, yearly average PM2.5 and PM10 levels far above WHO updated guidelines.

Air pollution caused by vehicular traffic: According to the researchers, vehicular pollution is the evident culprit, which has persisted despite repeated lockdowns over the survey period.

“The largest contributor of PM2.5 and PM10 in Hyderabad, according to previous CPCB source apportionment studies, is vehicle pollution. It is responsible for almost half of all pollution. To avoid more harm, we must make the transition to clean energy and clean transportation a primary priority”, Greenpeace India’s Campaign Manager, Avinash Chanchal, stated.

He went on to say that places like Hyderabad are concentrating their efforts on building infrastructure for private automobiles rather than public transportation.

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