International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 5 Issue 3 2014- November 2014    Pages: 623- 633  <<Previous    Next>>

A preliminary assessment of air quality index (AQI) along a busy road in Faisalabad metropolitan, Pakistan

Author Information:

Wasim Javed1, 2, Ghulam Murtaza1, Hamaad Raza Ahmad1, M. Mazhar Iqbal1

  1. Institute of Soil & Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  2. Mechanical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar

ABSTRACT

Ambient air quality status along a busy road in the residential area of Faisalabad metropolitan was monitored and air quality index (AQI) values were calculated regarding the selected air pollutants during a month (May, 2012). Overall deteriorated ambient air quality in terms of airborne particulate matter (PM), ambient smoke and noise levels was observed along the selected road as most of the sites have very poor to hazardous AQI categories. Air quality is worsen at traffic congested locations and sites proximal to industries where pollutant levels highly exceeding the standard values proposed by US-EPA.  Heavy duty diesel vehicles i.e. trucks and buses along with two stroke auto rickshaws were found most polluting vehicles. It can be concluded that the atmospheric environment along the road under study is considered as highly polluted that can imply potential health threat to residents and immediate measures should be taken to reduce the concentrations of pollutants and thus improving the air quality

Keywords: AQI, pollutants, particulate matter, smoke, sound levels.

.DOI:10.6088/ijes.2014050100055

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