Air quality levels in Bengaluru can improve with flexible and hybrid working conditions, according to a report by Greenpeace India Society, which studied five areas of the city where traffic is a major contributor to pollution.
Greenpeace India Society has analyzed Air Pollution Index statistics for pre-pandemic, lockdown and post-lockdown periods in five areas that experience heavy traffic congestion during rush hours in Bangalore – MG Road , Silk Board Junction, BTM Layout, Bapuji Nagar and Tin Factory. These five traffic congestion points are home to more than 500 IT and BMP companies employing thousands of people.
During the COVID-19 lockdown
However, during the lockdown, these areas had seen a 60% reduction in traffic, according to Google Traffic Trends. The parameters of the AQI index showed that the level of pollution fell from 95 units in the pre-Covid era to 63 units during the confinement.
After the COVID-19 lockdown
After the lockdown was lifted, pollution reached pre-pandemic levels in October 2020. Mobility increased by 35%, mainly due to the drop in COVID-19 cases and Diwali and Dasara were also celebrated during this month.
Greenpeace recommended maintaining good air quality in the city. He suggested companies should not wait for the pandemic but voluntarily offer flexible working options like remote working, hybrid mode or working from bases close to employees’ homes.