10 air pollution monitoring stations to come up in western UP

Millennium Post , Monday, April 03, 2017
Correspondent : Rahul Singh

With the urgent need to monitor real time and peak concentration levels of critical pollutants present in the air, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) will set up 10 new real-time air pollution monitoring stations across five cities of western Uttar Pradesh, including Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. According to UPPCB officials, the tenders for installation of the ambient air quality monitoring stations have already been issued. Two stations each will be installed in five cities of western Uttar Pradesh, namely Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Baghpat and Muzzafarnagar. The tenders will be announced on April 26. Regional officer of UPPCB, B B Awasthi said: "We have already installed one ambient air quality monitoring station each in Noida and Ghaziabad. In Noida, the air quality is monitored by the station installed at Amity University, Sector-126, Noida while in Ghaziabad the system is installed in Sector-16, Vasundhara. Two more stations will be installed within six to eight months after the tenders are announced. The locations are yet to be decided but the new systems are expected to be installed in Hapur and Khurja cities as well." According to environmental activist Vikrant Tongad, the air pollution level in the National Capital Region is going beyond alarming limits. "The air quality monitoring stations already operational in the city are manually operated and provide limited access to the data. The government needs to put together a new data to understand exact sources of pollution and develop mitigation strategies for each of them". While discussing the number of new stations proposed, Tongad said that the number of new stations suggested for the cities are very less. "We are requesting the government to deploy more mobile air quality monitoring vans in the region so that every area of the city can be monitored. The real time data should be timely uploaded on the board's website so that the residents should also know more about the quality of air they are breathing in different areas," he added. The system will monitor and display air pollution parameters, including oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, besides wind velocity and live temperatures. Levels of particulate matter suspended in the air, i.e. PM 10 as well as PM 2.5 will also be monitored by the system. These parameters will be displayed on board's website, which will be accessible to all.

SOURCE : http://www.millenniumpost.in/delhi/10-air-pollution-monitoring-stations-to-come-up-in-western-up-234632

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