According to a survey by the Greenpeace India Society, which looked at five locations of the city where traffic is a significant source of pollution, Bengaluru’s air quality might be improved with flexible and hybrid work arrangements.
Five locations in Bengaluru that see significant traffic during peak hours were examined by Greenpeace India Society’s analysis of air pollution index figures during pre-pandemic, lockdown, and post-lockdown periods: MG Road, Silk Board Junction, BTM Layout, Bapuji Nagar, and Tin Factory. More than 500 IT and BMP enterprises, employing thousands of people, are located in these five congested traffic areas.
According to Google Traffic Trends, however, during the lockdown these areas had seen a 60% decrease in traffic. The pollution level decreased from 95 units in the pre-Covid era to 63 units during the lockdown, according to the AQI index parameters.
Pollution had returned to pre-pandemic levels after the lockdown had been lifted. Mobility increased by 35% in that month, mostly as a result of a drop in COVID-19 cases and the observance of Dasara and Diwali.
Greenpeace advised keeping the city’s air quality high. It was recommended that businesses give flexible work choices like remote work, hybrid mode, or working from bases near to the homes of employees instead of waiting for a pandemic.
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