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Odisha capital to experience torment due to air pollution!

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Bhubaneswar: The denizens in the city are likely to experience severe respiratory complications in the upcoming days like Delhi as the Particulate Matter (PM) 10 level in air is increasing day by day.

According to Air Quality Index (AQI) report of Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB), the air quality in Bhubaneswar found during month of November was comparatively worse than previous months this year.

As per the OSPCB report, the PM10 level in air was recorded 236 microgram per meter cube on Nov 25.

According to prescribed standard, the PM10 level in air should not exceed 100 micro gram per meter cube. But the samples collected by the pollution board show that the air pollution in the city is alarming.

Similarly, on Nov 13 and 14, the PM10 level in air was recorded 125 and 151 micro gram per meter cube respectively in the state capital. Even after rain, the quantity was found to be very bad, which may lead to disastrous situation.

As per OSPCB guidelines, the AQI between 0-50 indicates healthy for habitants, 50-100 is medium, 101-150 becomes worst for heart patients and the quantity between 151-200 comes under the red category. The quantity between 201-300 is considered as the highest pollution in air.

Recently, the national capital New Delhi went through the disastrous phase with intense fog spread in air. The normal life became standstill and people complained of difficulties in breathing after the PM10 level exceeded 400 in the city.

In view of possible air pollution, OSPCB has installed six Air Pollution Checking Machines at various locations in Patra pada, IRC Village, OSPCB office, Capital Police Station, Rasulgarh and Chandrasekharpur.

The air pollution is rising during winter. But, the AQI should not exceed 150 microgram per meter cube, said OSPCB regional officer Hadibandhu Panigrahi.

The PM10 level in Bhubaneswar air is not like Delhi, but the level is rising due to heavyweight vehicles used in construction work and increasing number of vehicles, he said.

The pollution level can be controlled if the CNG vehicles will be used in the city, he added.