Hyderabad: A survey of air pollution in 20 important places in the city, carried out by an NGO prior to ‘Swachh Aakash Abhiyan’ (Clean Air Campaign), has revealed that Madina was the most polluted place.
Director-General of Police Anurag Sharma, launching the campaign at his office here on Thursday, said the survey, conducted by Integrated Allergy Standards of India and Ashwini Allergy Centre, had to be studied well. He said why Madina was the most polluted among the 20 places, when Charminar, not too far from Madina, was much less polluted, had to be found out.
Stating that rising air pollution was a cause of concern with police personnel, especially traffic police facing pollution-related health problems, Sharma, who also unveiled a poster of the campaign, said the department would make necessary efforts to bring down air pollution.
The campaign, he said, was aimed at studying city-specific pollution patterns and causative factors. The survey data, he said, would enable people gain an understanding of factors affecting pollution and take remedial measures.
Allergy specialist Dr Vyakaranam Nageshwar said diseases from air pollution were registering a 30 per cent increase every year. Rising air pollution aggravates skin allergies and lung diseases among others, he said, adding that breathing in a minute of smoke emanating from diesel vehicle was equivalent to smoking one packet of cigarettes.