Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 lockdown has come as a boon for Bhubaneswar denizens as the ambient air quality index (AQI) in the city has witnessed a substantial improvement.
The display board put by the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) in the city, showed that the AQI in some areas like Master Canteen, Ashok Nagar, Jayadev Vihar, Kharavela Nagar, Airport Road, Kalinga Nagar, Saheed Nagar, Khandagiri, Aragul and Pokhariput was 96, which is satisfactory, on Sunday.
The AQI hovered above the moderate level (51-100) prior to the state government's lockdown order on March 22.
Besides, the atmospheric particulate matter (pm2.5) level in the state capital has also remained below the danger level.
According to Debanand Behera, an environment expert, about one crore vehicles ply on Odisha roads every day.
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