Two more continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations (CAAQMS) commissioned by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board have gone live on the national grid of air quality index (AQI). The stations are at Rabindra Sadan and Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Salt Lake.
With these, six real-time air quality monitoring stations from Kolkata are now linked to national AQI grid.
“It is important to know the real-time ambient air quality to allow or restrict outdoor activities. As the air quality deteriorates, people must take remedial measures to rectify it,” said Subhas Dutta, the city’s leading environment activist whose fight at National Green Tribunal finally led PCB and CPCB to implement the network of real-time air quality monitoring.
“In 2016, the NGT asked for the new stations based on the recommendation of a committee. Ballygunge Phanri, Science City, Moulali and Behala are some polluted zones that should not have been ignored,” said Dutta.
However, a WBPCB official said, “Finding a site conforming to parameters of the national ambient air quality monitoring programme is easier said than done. In case of Science City, the authorities retracted even after agreeing to the conditions. Eventually, all critical areas will be covered.”
Source: Times of India