Hyderabad: Hyderabad fares ‘moderately’ on the air quality index, says to a recent report by Central Pollution Control Board that graded air quality of 23 cities in the country. The city was placed at 11th in 2017, with 90 per cent of the days being ‘moderate or satisfactory’ while 10 per cent of the days being ‘poor’ which is in sharp contrast of 47 per cent ‘poor’ days in the northern states.
Bhadra Girish of the Telangana State Pollution Control Board said, “Poor air quality days could be festival days or winter. Continuous air quality monitoring stations alerted us when there was a sharp dip in air quality in 2017. It is difficult to maintain a permissible limit of air quality, given vehicle emissions etc.”
Patancheru area in the city had ‘poor’ air quality for the longest period. “There is a lot harmful emission from factories since it is an industrial area. We will issue notices to five units and ensure that the rules are followed by all units. This will also reduce the foul odour in the area,” said Mr Girish. Pollution experts said that there needs to be more awareness.