Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 136, Issue 1, pp 219–226

Air pollution due to traffic, air quality monitoring along three sections of National Highway N-5, Pakistan


DOI: 10.1007/s10661-007-9677-3

Cite this article as:
Ali, M. & Athar, M. Environ Monit Assess (2008) 136: 219. doi:10.1007/s10661-007-9677-3


Transportation system has contributed significantly to the development of human civilization; on the other hand it has an enormous impact on the ambient air quality in several ways. In this paper the air and noise pollution at selected sites along three sections of National Highway was monitored. Pakistan National Highway Authority has started a Highway Improvement program for rehabilitations and maintenance of National highways to improve the traffic flows, and would ultimately improve the air quality along highways. The ambient air quality and noise level was monitored at nine different locations along these sections of highways to quantify the air pollution. The duration of monitoring at individual location was 72 h. The most of the sampling points were near the urban or village population, schools or hospitals, in order to quantify the air pollution at most affected locations along these roads. A database consisting of information regarding the source of emission, local metrology and air quality may be created to assess the profile of air quality in the area.


Air pollutionCONO2SO2PM10Noise levelAmbient air quality

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentThe Islamia University of BahawalpurBahawalpurPakistan
  2. 2.Institute of ChemistryUniversity of the PunjabLahorePakistan