Hyderabad: Residents of Masjid Banda, Lingampalli and Gopanpally, where there is a large amount of new construction coming up, complain that the dust generated by the construction sites is increasing. Not only is this thick dust harmful for the sight of commuters, it adds to the high particulate matter in the air, according to the Pollution Control Board.
P. Veeranna, senior scientist of the TSPCB says, “These particles contribute to PM 10 in the air. They are largely cement dust and can be very harmful to the lungs because of their size. There is wide distribution of these particles near most construction sites, which can easily enter a commuter’s eye.”
He said that though construction sites have to cover the area while drilling and other activities are carried out, the rule is normally flouted with impunity. “We have requested local bodies to check construction sites. If these areas are covered, it will help the dust settle and decrease its distribution.” Citizens complain constantly of dust allergies and difficulty in breathing.
Saahithya Vijay, a resident of Lingampally, says, “Staying next to a construction site, one expects noise pollution but the increased dust around a construction site is proving to be very harmful for the elderly as well as children. Many already are beginning to show warning signs of lung disorders.” There must be monitoring of construction sites, she adds.
Trucks carry sand to construction sites without securing and covering the load causing particles to fly into the eyes of pedestrians and commuters, blinding them temporarily. Anoop Krishna, a student, says, “It is difficult to drive around at night when most of these trucks begin their rounds. Even while crossing a construction site, you can see people openly drilling which causes dust particles to fly, causing problems for all drivers.”
Local body officials claim they monitor construction sites at night in patrolling vans, but it is difficult to catch the culprits in the act. While all the authorities agree the problem exists, none is willing to do anything about it.