Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 29th October 2018

Air quality takes a hit during Dasara

  • The air quality in Mysuru had reached ‘harmful’ levels during the Dasara celebrations in the city.
  • The PM10 (Particulate Matter 10 Micrometers) value had reached 110 microgram/cubic metre (measured between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the heart of the city), which, according to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), was 46% more than the value measured before the celebrations (in the first week of October) began.
  • Emission from automobiles has been one of the major sources of PM10, reckoned to be a major air pollutant.
  • Also, the PM2.5 value, during the first week of October, was 25.4 microgram/cubic metre and the value went up to 38.2 microgram/cubic metre (measured between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.), an increase of 33.5%.
  • Particulate matter pollution causes respiratory problems and aggravates conditions in asthma patients with difficulty in breathing
  • The Dasara celebration began on October 10 and concluded on October 19. There was a two to three-fold rise in vehicles entering the city owing to the festivities.
  • The value was 61 microgram, 80 microgram and 52 microgram on October 16 (measured at three different timing) and 62 microgram, 110 microgram (maximum in the season) and 58 microgram on October 20. The PM2.5 was 36.4 microgram and 38.2 microgram on October 16 and 20 respectively.
  • There was also an increase in the average PM10 concentration from the first week to the third week.
  • The concentration was 46 micrometres and 48 micrometres on October 3 and 5 respectively. However, the concentrations went up on October 16 and 20 with the levels reaching 64 micrometres and 77 micrometres respectively.
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