Why are Hyderabadis waking up with burning eyes and itchy throats in the IT corridor?
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Hyderabad, Residents living in high-rise buildings along Hyderabad's modern IT corridor are probably suffering from burning eyes and itchy throats due to air pollution. According to a recent study conducted by the International Institute of Information Technology (III-T) in Hyderabad, the western corridor of the city is facing hazardous levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles, mostly due to rapid construction activities in the area. Was.
What is more worrying is that pollution has reached people's homes as well as public places. The study, titled “Comparative Analysis of Construction-Related Air Pollution”, found that rising carbon dioxide levels and inadequate ventilation have made indoor air quality hazardous. In one residential block, testing revealed that the levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles were more than 100 g/m3 both inside and outside the residence.
The commonly held belief that closing windows and relying on indoor air conditioning can provide protection from pollutants has been debunked by researcher Hrishikesh Bose.
The latest data shows that areas like Kokapet have recorded the highest average levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles this year, reaching 52 and 116 respectively.
The study mainly focused on tall buildings, because pollutants can travel long distances with the wind. IIIT-H professor Kavita Vemuri said the research was initiated after health concerns arose during an ongoing construction project.
The findings not only highlight the dangers of breathing in high levels of PM 2.5 particles but also establish that proximity to construction sites is not the sole determinant of indoor pollution. Surprisingly, the average value of particulate matter was highest in a residential block located away from the construction site. This was due to residents constantly opening windows for ventilation, leading to inconsistency in pollution levels.