The project is a year behind schedule, but 11 air quality monitoring stations will start functioning from May.
The centres will provide real-time air updates to citizens about the quality of air in their localities. HT had first reported on November 10, 2016, about the plan to construct these real-time air pollution monitoring stations across the city, eastern and western suburbs by April 2017, but the state pollution control board failed to acquire all amenities and begin construction on time. Air quality experts said it is important to expand the air quality monitoring network in Mumbai because the current monitoring is extremely inadequate.
“A massive city like Mumbai cannot do with just two government run air quality stations (Sion and Bandra).
Delhi currently has 30 such stations.
Therefore, this is a right step and crucial because real-time data is important for developing a graded-response action plan,” said Anumita Roy Choudhury, executive director, Centre for Science and Environment, Delhi. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) said it has completed construction of the air quality monitoring stations and they are expected to start functioning from May 1.