The Times of India runs a small column titled Pollution Watch where it gives the average Air Quality Index (AQI) across four metros.

A quick introduction to AQI – it is a number used by the government agencies to effectively communicate the air quality of a peculiar region. Have a gander at the image. Where does Bangalore stand?

If you have qualms about what the TOI shares, look at the city’s AQI in real time here –

Air pollution is one of the banes of our century. We have been studying and reading about the same from quite some time. Our silver hair is hinting at the signs of decrepitude (I am talking to young adults too); cardiovascular and respiratory diseases; and strokes have, I have to say it is pretty bizarre, become the infamous dinner table topics, but air pollution remains the hot potato.

Frothing lakes, AQI, numbers of articles on the subject, levels of pollutants like Carbon Monoxide (CO), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Lead, Mercury, Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), all are increasing exponentially.

And let me be clear. Vehicular pollution is not the sole cause; our fuel-guzzling automobiles that emit noxious black smoke are not the only culprits. The reason why most of us choose to point fingers at this agency first is because it is glaring. Your ‘deo for your BO’ cans, ACs, aerosols, asbestos, etc., are hand in glove with other polluting agencies.

Agriculture activities, wildfires, power plants, deforestation, and electronic waste are also burdening the environment. I will, however, stress upon one agency – construction.

My locality is burdened with the construction of roads. Blockages, orphaned pipes, debris, boulders in the middle of the road, and consistent whirring of machines are giving the residents grief. And do not even get me started on the swirling dust storms. We all are inhaling bags of dust particles (typically from concrete, cement, wood, and silica, stone) with a few atoms of oxygen that are keeping us alive. Cough! Cough!

You must have wondered what do contractors and builders do to mitigate dust storms. Construction work may generate construction pollution problems that can affect both the homeowners and on-site workers.

Hence, it is important to ask whether builders do something to contain particulate matter and contaminants or not. Unsurprisingly (and sadly), it seems the onus of keeping dust storms under control or mitigating the causes of pollution is on a few contractors/builders.

Construction sector is the main source of income for about 30 percent population of the world. (Source – International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Engineering Research (IJETER)) It also negatively impacts the environment and human health.

Good Builders leave no stone unturned in putting a brake on contaminants that threaten the health of workers and residents. Before they start the work, they conduct a land-quality survey to avoid building on a polluted land.

To circumvent the circulation of PM10 – particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter (research has shown that it penetrates deeply into the lungs and causes asthma, bronchitis, and cancer), they spray water to dampen the site. The same action is undertaken for the load-carrying vehicles. Every time a vehicle enters or exits, tires are damped to prevent dust from rising.

Any construction site has a battery of toxic materials and if they are not handled responsibly; damages can be irreparable.

Ahad Builders make sure that injurious substances are covered and monitored to prevent spills and site contamination. Their efforts are noteworthy.

Environment cannot be saved or protected by only the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) untiring efforts. Even creditable green organizations and environmentalists can do only so much. In this scenario, when responsible real estate builders like Ahad Builders lend a helping hand and do their work dutifully, they make a noticeable difference.