User: divya_rrs Topic: Bangalore
Category: Air Quality
Last updated: Nov 29 2016 03:41 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Pollution Control Board car fails emission test, booked 28.11.2016 deccanherald.com
When the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) launched a surprise check on Monday, little did it know one of its own vehicles would fail the emission test. The drive, conducted jointly with the transport department, was aimed mainly at government vehicles. It began at 8.30 am. Officials randomly stopped a KSPCB vehicle. The vehicle, ferrying an official, failed the emission test. Several government officials and drivers were taken aback when they were flagged down. A few co-operated, while others dropped the names of senior officials, judges and politicians. Some drivers sped away so quickly their number plates could not be photographed.During the four-hour campaign, 856 vehicles were checked and 187 booked. Of them, 37 were official vehicles, belonging to prosecutors, judges and bureaucrats. The drive is part of the pollution awareness campaign being conducted by the two departments, said Gnanendra Kumar, Joint Commissioner for Transport, Bengaluru Urban. "In the last 18 days, we have checked ...
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Govt of Kerala scraps orders related to Aranmula airport project 23.11.2016 News
National Green Tribunal has earlier decided against the environmental clearance issued to the project
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RTO checks 3,000 vehicles for pollution 21.11.2016 Hindu: Cities
Is using new emission level testing equipment
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Vasant Kunj aims to use old flowers to nourish new ones 18.11.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
Residents of south Delhi's Vasant Kunj area have found a novel way to get rid of leftover flowers and leaves, which otherwise choke the water bodies in the city or are burnt, leading to air pollution. They have set up a compost cage behind the colony temple to recycle the waste into manure. The initiative, aptly named Wonders with Waste, has been launched by the residents of Sector-A, pocket B&C, which has around 1,550 houses, in a tie-up with an NGO working in the waste management sector. "We have tied up with a Bangalore-based NGO that has been working in the field of waste composting and recycling. They guide us on the kind of microbes to be used and the technique to turn the waste into manure," said Amit Aggarwal, a resident and member of the United RWAs Joint Action (URJA). He added that since the bin was placed, a large number of people have come forward to deposit garlands and flowers used in religious and wedding ceremonies. "Earlier, considering the flowers used in religious ceremonies sacred, ...
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Mobile units to check polluting vehicles 17.11.2016 Hindu: Home
Plumes of smoke being emitted through the exhaust, and yet the motorist produces a “valid” emission certificate.Faced with situations such as this, besides lack of monitoring of air pollution from veh...
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Air pollution checking vehicles launched 16.11.2016 deccanherald.com
To monitor vehicular pollution, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday launched 12 vehicles fitted with sophisticated emission monitoring equipment.

KSPCB chairman Lakshman said the vehicles are fitted with equipment to monitor three pollutants from vehicles - smoke density from diesel vehicles, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons in petrol vehicles.

To intensify pollution monitoring, eight vehicles have been designated for Bengaluru and one each for Mysuru, Mangaluru, Dharwad and Kalaburagi, he added.

Vehicular pollution monitoring checks will be conducted by the KSPCB, Transport department and Traffic police, he stated.

Forest, Environment and Ecology Minister B Ramanath Rai, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Mayor G Padmavathi, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest, Environment and Ecology T M Vijay Bhaskar and KSPCB officials were present.

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B’luru pollution levels rise as combat measures fall short 14.11.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Improved air quality in the city, an urgent public need 12.11.2016 deccanherald.com
Will the alarming Delhi pollution force the Karnataka government to wake up from its slumber to address the dipping air quality in Bengaluru? Are people now inclined to be more responsible towards the environment, which has been in a twister of pollutants fuelled by the unregulated real estate and automobile industries? Deccan Herald interacts with a cross-section of people to understand their concerns on the issue and their solutions to tackle the growing menace of air pollution. Uma Somashekhar, a resident of Chamarajpet, feels Bengaluru's pollution needs to be addressed on a war-footing before it reaches the levels of Delhi. She explains, "What is happening in Delhi is a matter of serious concern. If the state government still hesitates to initiate strict measures to control the pollution, all our lives will be at stake in the near future. With increase in air pollution, people are directly exposed to toxic fumes that lead to skin diseases and allergies." As an accountant, Uma has to travel to office ...
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Children most affected by Bengaluru's pollution 12.11.2016 deccanherald.com
As pollution levels soar in the city, children have been the most affected. Incidents of asthma and allergies have gone up significantly, as acknowledged by several doctors. Bengaluru is not far behind Delhi in terms of the number of patients with respiratory ailments, they say. Dr C Nagaraj, head of department, Pulmonary Medicine, Bangalore Medical College and Research Centre says that asthmatic attacks among children have seen a conspicuous rise in recent months. "For instance, this Deepavali, when the pollution level went up significantly with light fog, the numbers had risen correspondingly," he informs. Children below 12 years of age, he says, are at a higher risk of developing respiratory infections due to air pollution. "If left untreated, they could lead to viral infections as well. Another common complaint associated with rising pollution levels is eye irritation." Dr Shashidhar Buggi, director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, warns that soon, Bengaluru could see as much pollution as ...
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That last gasp for clean air 12.11.2016 deccanherald.com
Delhi's unprecedented spike in pollution levels has sent a capital warning to Bengaluru. Struggling to cope with emissions from an astounding 64 lakh vehicles, the city is struggling for solutions to curb this explosive growth. The thick smog that enveloped Delhi for weeks and triggered an unprecedented spike in pollution levels should be a clear, capital warning to Bengaluru. The city's vehicular population has exceeded 64 lakh with emission levels way beyond permissible limits. Rising road dust, industrial emissions and fast depleting tree cover have the alarm bells ringing loud. Is there an escape route from this slippery path to absolute chaos? Tracking the city's pollution for decades, a Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) scientist was clear:There is no way out without curbing the explosive growth in vehicles. "The numbers have doubled in the last five years, driving up the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) levels." Road dust issues Data from KSPCB air monitoring stations ...
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Delhi-NCR air pollution is a wake-up call for reformation in urban governance 9.11.2016 FirstPost: India

In another 45-60 days, Delhi will be covered under a sheet of fog. It is imperative to treat at least the top 6 metro regions as individual and empowered units of development. Their urban local bodies which are the lowest in the administrative hierarchy in most cases have not managed to deliver results thus far.

The post Delhi-NCR air pollution is a wake-up call for reformation in urban governance appeared first on Firstpost.

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Tracking what Bengaluru is breathing in 8.11.2016 Citizen Matters

The ‘Breathe Bengaluru’ project, currently underway in BTM Layout, will track and disseminate emissions data from traffic, construction, waste burning and other location-specific sources.

 

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Delhi smog: Air purifiers, masks flying off digital shelves 8.11.2016 News
Flipkart has seen a year-on-year growth of 2.5 times in sales in terms of units sold and 2.8X rise in revenue
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Unplanned urbanisation, senseless infra projects 5.11.2016 deccanherald.com
Apeep into the urban dynamics of Bengaluru reveals a very disturbing trend: A 1005% increase in concretisation, loss of tree cover and drastic decline in water bodies. This is unacceptable as this growth will deprive our children their right to live with clean air, water and environment. The landscape should have at least 33% green cover to maintain clean air, water, etc. Bengaluru was once known for its salubrious climate and moderate temperature of 14-16 degree Celsius (in 1800). It has now turned into a heat island with raging temperatures of 38-40 degrees Celsius. Apples were once grown in Palace Orchards for a few days in December, benefiting from temperature of zero degrees. Today, the city is littered with solid wastes and lakes are fed continuously with untreated domestic sewage and industrial effluents. Trees and lakes aid in moderating the micro climate. This is evident in the 2-3 degrees Celsius recorded in locations with good tree cover (Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, IISc campus, etc). There is an ...
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This Deepavali saw marginal rise in pollution levels in Bengaluru 4.11.2016 The Hindu: Today's Paper
This Deepavali saw marginal rise in pollution levels in Bengaluru
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Tackling air pollution: This startup helps you grow fresh air at home 4.11.2016 All Companies Stories
Three plant varieties can produce entire supply of fresh air needed by a home or an office, reports Tech in Asia
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Delhi's 'severe' air quality to continue, health problems aggravated (Roundup) 3.11.2016 New Kerala: Business India
Delhi's 'severe' air quality to continue, health problems aggravated (Roundup)
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Delhi's 'severe' air quality to continue, health problems aggravated (Roundup) 3.11.2016 All News-IANS Stories
A shroud of smog engulfing Delhi and the NCR for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday left many residents complaining of respiratory problems and watery eyes, while air monitoring agencies ruled out any immediate respite, predicting continuation ...
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Delhi's 'severe' air quality continues, aggravates health problems 3.11.2016 All News-IANS Stories
For the fourth consecutive day, residents of Delhi and the NCR on Thursday woke up to a foggy morning with complaints of respiratory problems and watery eyes.
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Poll: Do you think that Khan Market should be made vehicle free? 3.11.2016 TOI: Cities
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