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Bengaluru residents actually breathe in air which has 3-12 times higher pollution levels than the ambient level – says CSE study in the city

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  • Bengaluru is in the grip of rising air pollution. Official ambient air quality monitoring has shown 57 per cent increase in particulate matter in just four years. In more than 85 per cent of monitoring locations, the levels have exceeded standards
  • CSE exposure monitoring provides clinching evidence of alarming dose that an average Bangalorean breathes on a daily basis in different parts of the city – 3 to 12 times higher than the ambient level recorded by official monitors
  • With growing vehicle numbers and resultant congestion and dieselisation, air pollution is a growing concern in the city
  • The city is losing its inherent advantage of dominant commuting practices – use of bus and walking — at the cost of clean air and public health
  • Bengaluru needs stringent measures including leapfrogging emissions standards to Euro VI, curbing dieselisation, scaling up of integrated public transport, car restraints and walking for clean air

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