Diesel gensets push air pollution up by 30% in city, reveals survey


Diesel gensets push air pollution up by 30% in city, reveals survey

A study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has found that pollution levels (PM2.5 and PM10) increase by 30% in residential areas of the city due to use of diesel generator (DG) sets.

The study says 1,900 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) of PM10 and 300 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) of PM2.5 is generated throughout the day, when DG sets are used in excess of seven hours, and the pollution level remains high for up to an hour afterwards.

Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general at CSE, said, “Use of diesel generators in societies is causing an alarming increase in pollution levels, with spikes of up to 15 times the safe level.”

Shekhar Deepak Singh, programme officer (renewable energy) at CSE told TOI, “As the city faces frequent power cuts, use of diesel generators as back-up is rampant.  Read More

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