Amidst the coronavirus lockdown, there have been reports regarding improved air quality and a decrease in noise pollution globally. In Karachi, there has been a 40% reduction in noise pollution. During a dialogue with environmental experts held at the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) complex on the occasion of World Environment Day on Friday, this was disclosed.
As per the officials, the improved pollution levels were confirmed after the data collected were compared using the same parameters both now and before the lockdown was enforced.
In the meeting it was decided that the data collected would be shared with all the stakeholders, with the transporter associations and the secretaries of these departments in specific to tell them to take the necessary steps in maintaining the improved environmental conditions in the city as broadly as possible.
The average particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), the most lethal air pollutant was reduced by 39% in comparison to the same data taken from 76 locations of the city in February. This is per the data collected by SEPA during the lockdown in April from different locations of the city’s six districts. Also it revealed that the noise level in the city reduced by 19% amid the lockdown.