Bhubaneswar, December 21 (LocalWire): The areas around the fortified hotel Mayfair lagoon, which has turned into temporary home of India and West Indies cricketers, is currently the worst polluted zone of the bustling capital city.
The level of air pollution has assumed alarming proportion in the Jayadev Vihar locality, where the Mayfair lagoon is located.
If the air quality report of Skymet is any indication, the air quality index (AQI) level in Jayadev Vihar is assessed at 305 range and PM 2.5 — particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter that lodge deep in the lungs.
Sounding warning in view of poor air quality, the Skymet has recommended the use of the ‘face mask’ and air purifier 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, being the central junction of the city, bears the load of heavy vehicular traffic. It is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, commercial complexes and thickly populated residential private colonies.
Similarly, Macheswar and Jagamara areas in the city is also equally bearing the brunt of pollution with air index assessed at 304 and 301 range.
When contacted, the State Pollution Control Board authorities refused to comment on the increasing pollution index in the city.