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ASSESSMENT OF AMBIENT AIR QUALITY IN THE RAPIDLY INDUSTRIALLY GROWING HYDERABAD URBAN ENVIRONMENT
Mukunda Rao, PV, Hima Bindu V, Sagareshwar G, Jayakumar Indracanti, and Anjaneyulu Y; Institute of Science and Technology, JNT University, Hyderabad, India

ABSTRACT

The spatial variability of different air pollutants was investigated in the city of Hyderabad based on the measurements performed starting from April 2002 – May 2003. Air pollutants were measured for one week at 44 judiciously chosen sites. The sampling sites were selected based on the predominant land use category, i.e. high traffic density and commercial activity, industrial activity and residential activity zones. The pollutants monitored include sulfur dioxide, oxides of Nitrogen, respirable suspended particulate matter and total suspended particulate matter. Generally the spatial variability of RSPM and TSPM within the Hyderabad ambience was rather limited. With the exception of SO2 all the pollutants measured exceeded the ambient air quality standards. Differences in daily air pollution levels between different areas in Hyderabad were strongly influenced by the type of the land use pattern and the vehicular numbers. It can be concluded that the Hyderabad city is reeling under very high particulate matter concentrations and suitable management options are need to be taken.


ASSESSMENT OF AMBIENT AIR QUALITY IN THE RAPIDLY INDUSTRIALLY GROWING HYDERABAD URBAN ENVIRONMENTASSESSMENT OF AMBIENT AIR QUALITY IN THE RAPIDLY INDUSTRIALLY GROWING HYDERABAD URBAN ENVIRONMENT
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