ISLAMABAD - Under the Pollen Monitoring Project of Pakistan Meteorological Department for identification of areas with high pollen count, H/8 Sector has been declared as the most sensitive and prone to high pollen allergy in spring season. The project titled 'Pollen Monitoring has successfully been carrying out for the last five years and now Mineralogical Department is also considering expanding the area to other sector in near future, Ghulam Rasool, Chief Meteorologist stated this while talking to TheNation. He said that the project was launched in 2004 with an aim to devise a model plan for earlier prediction of peak pollen season in some particular areas, which can help capital dwellers for taking precautionary measures to control pollen allergy intensity. While describing the monitoring process, he said the monitoring is being carried out by a devise called pollen counter installed at H/ 8 Sector and in other two sectors the it will be carried out through a mobile unit. The devise is made of a glass slide and a specific chemical is pasted on it due to which pollens of all type stick on it. Later, these pollens are examined under a microscope and their identification is done. After pollens identification process is completed, the pollen are categorised, he continued. Earlier, the devise was installed only at H/8 Sector and from this year we also started covering two more sectors G/7 and G/11, he added. To a query regarding high pollens count in H/8 Sector, he said abundance of paper mulberry plants in this area is the root cause of high pollen count. The highest pollen count at H/8 Sector was 43,00 pcm recorded on March 22 and due to the declining trend in pollen count now-a-days it hardly cross hundred, he added. Due to anti-paper mulberry campaign initiated by Capital Development Authority, a considerable decrease has been witnessed in pollen count, he noted. He said due to the continuous wet weather, this year pollen count remained comparatively low than previous year as high or low pollen count is always correlated with weather conditions. He said that long winter season and previous rain spell has also helped reduce the pollen count and within next two-week pollen season would come to an end.