Did you know that 36 percent of vehicles running in Bangalore exceed the permissible pollution level? A recent study shows that 36.3 percent of diesel vehicles and 12.6 percent of petrol vehicles that are older than 15 years cause more pollution than allowed by the national limit.
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has done a study titled 'Joint Monitoring of Vehicular Emission in Bangalore City', along with the Transport & Road Safety Department, Traffic Police, BMTC, and Zonal Office of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The study was conducted in the months of June and July, to find out the impact of vehicle emission on the air quality we breath in Bangalore. A total of 1,978 vehicles were checked for emission levels, out of which 1,279 were petrol vehicles and 524 were diesel.
Out of the 1,279 petrol vehicles tested, 1,118 vehicles complied to emission norms, while 161 vehicles exceeded the norms. Among the 524 diesel vehicles tested, 334 vehicles were within permissible norms and 190 vehicles exceeded the norms.
As per data, particulate matter values have far exceeded the national limit of 60.0 micrograms per metre cube in 12 monitoring locations in the range of 20 to 215 percent. Is it time we take a step? Do let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.