Vehicular pollution and cracker bursting increases benzene levels in air.
While last year the level was recorded at 31.82 micrograms per cubic metre, it rose to 51.77 this year.
Even though the levels of nitrogen dioxide and benzene came down by Thursday evening, both experts and doctors called it a worrying trend, saying that long-term exposure to these pollutants causesacute bronchitis and even lung cancer “Benzene is a cancer-causing substance.
On the other hand, the level of benzene crossed the permissible limit of 5 micrograms per cubic metre, and touched the mark of 6.4 on the day of Diwali.
Usage of commercial vehicles and firecrackers increases its levels.”
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