Pre lockdown pollution back with a bang

  • | Wednesday | 3rd February, 2021

Hyderabad: A new analysis of winter pollution in India's five southern states until January 26 2021 carried out by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has revealed some startling details. Despite the dramatic reduction in air pollution during lockdown pollution has bounced back across the southern region unmasking the high impact of local and regional pollution.”After assessing the changing trends in Indo-Gangetic plains Delhi-NCR Rajasthan Maharashtra and West Bengal this analysis unravels the pattern of pollution in cities of southern India – a vulnerable but poorly monitored region from the air quality perspective. Avikal Somvanshi programme manager in CSE's Urban Lab team of Sustainable Cities programme said: “Winter is not as harsh in southern cities. Therefore the impact of inversion is expected to be limited; yet a build-up of pollution has been noted. This winter overall has been 34 per cent dirtier in Visakhapatnam seven per cent in Hyderabad and nine per cent in Thiruvananthapuram.

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