The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) will soon take up a study on the presence of very fine dust particles polluting Lucknow and Kanpur ranked among the most polluted cities of the state.
A study on the concentration of fine particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (PM 2.5) in the ambient air is being planned for the first time, said C S Bhatt,Member Secretary of UPPCB.
Supported by the Central Pollution Control Board,the findings of the study will be used to assess the impact of the dust particles on the people. We will study how PM 2.5 can be checked,as it is harmful to health. We will also look into several causes,like heavy construction activities,leading to its increase than the permissible level, said Bhatt.
After Lucknow and Kanpur,the study will be introduced in other cities. The Rs 34-lakh study,which will begin in May,is expected to be completed in 18 months.
The CPCB will also provide technical expertise for the project. Going by the nature of the study,we have sought technical support from the CPCB, said a senior UPPCB official.
Why do we need to study PM2.5?
Particles in PM2.5,when they enter the respiratory tract,can cause irritation in eyes,nose,throat and lung,leading to coughing,sneezing and shortness of breath. They are also harmful to asthma and heart patients.