Bhubaneswar, Nov 7 (LocalWire): The level of air pollution has assumed alarming proportions in the bustling JayadevVihar locality and its adjoining areas in the heart of the capital.
If the air quality report of Skymet is any indication, the air quality index (AQI) level in Jayadev Vihar is assessed at 260 range and PM 2.5 – particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter that lodge deep in the lungs.
Sounding a warning in view of poor air quality, Skymet has recommended the use of ‘face masks’ and air purifiers to plug the polluted air from lodging deep into the lungs. It also suggested people from the locality to refrain from outdoor exercise.
Incidentally Jayadev Vihar, situated in the city centre, bears the load of heavy vehicular traffic and is surrounded by commercial complexes and thickly-populated private colonies.
Meanwhile, the State Pollution Control Board assessed the AQI at 142, which puts the city in moderately polluted zones.
The presence of PM10 (particulate matters) pollutant particles were traced in the air. The latest AQI was based on the reports gathered from six monitoring stations in the city from 1-5 November, said a senior official of SPCB.