Bangalore might be called an “air-conditioned city” but its
residents are now choking on the most deadly form of air pollution. The
respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) level is over four times the
national permissible limit in certain areas of the city. While the permissible
limit for RSPM is 60 microgram per cubic metre, the most recent records with
the Karnataka Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) reveal that this pollutant was as
high as 264 microgram/cubic metre at the AMCO Batteries area on Mysore Road.
Even the sensitive area of Victoria Hospital recorded RSPM level of 164