By: Pune Pulse
October 28, 2023
Pune: The PM 2.5 was recorded as 73 micrograms per cubic meter, while the PM 10 was recorded as 118. After experiencing moderate air quality for almost 14 days, which had serious health impacts, the city is now witnessing a slight improvement. On Thursday, Pune’s air quality was recorded at a satisfactory level, with a significant reduction in both PM 2.5 and PM 10.
According to SAFAR-IITM, the air quality is expected to further improve in the upcoming days. However, areas such as Shivajinagar, Swargate, Katraj, and other locations with high traffic flow and ongoing construction activities are anticipated to have higher pollution levels in the air. Since October 12, the city has witnessed a surge in air pollution, with an AQI of 111. Both PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels in the atmosphere exceeded the standard set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
On October 23, the highest AQI of 145 was recorded. The concentration of PM 10 was measured at 110 micrograms per cubic meter, while the PM 2.5 level stood at 70 micrograms per cubic meter. In response to these alarming levels, the SAFAR-IITM has issued a yellow alert, indicating moderate-quality air that poses health risks, particularly for individuals with respiratory problems.
However, experts suggest that the current atmospheric conditions have contributed to a decrease in air pollution within the city. The sky is clear, devoid of any cloud cover that could trap pollutants in the lower atmosphere. Additionally, there has been an increase in wind circulation, which helps disperse pollutant concentrations. This favorable situation is expected to persist, as the city continues to enjoy clear skies.