More electronic display boards to be placed in identified spots to control air monitoring by Mar 31

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2017 11:00:55

Staff Reporter,

Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) is geared up to display electronic display boards in all identified spots which are having high vehicular traffic to monitor air quality. Besides, Green Tribunal has also directed that the Ministry of Urban Development should issue necessary directions to the local municipalities of all towns having the head office of the commissioner/division for providing such display boards in the first instance. These electronic display boards should be arranged and made functional on or before March 31.

There directions are given basically to control air ambient quality of Bhopal and major cities of Madhya Pradesh. Besides to create awareness campaigns also needs to be focused on. The orders were given in while hearing petition filed by Environmentalist Subhash C Pandey, where he claimed that air ambient quality at several places in Bhopal including Nehru Nagar, Hamidia Road, and Mandideepis deteriorated.

These display boards will display the temperature and useful information for the public awareness. Besides, MPPCB will also arrangements for having at least one mobile unit as a monitoring station which would record the ambience air quality at peak hours of traffic at different locations on a periodical basis, when the vehicular pollution is higher and maximum number of people are on roads with their vehicles.

Earlier, it was also reported that Bhopal is gearing up to outpace big metro cities when it comes critical air pollution levels. Exceeding the standard from 100 to 200% in PM 10 standards city records 159 PM 10 microgram per cubic meter. Particulate air pollution is defined as an air-suspended mixture of both solid and liquid particles. They are often separated into three classifications, coarse, fine and ultrafine particles. PM 10 means particles smaller than 10µm.

These particles include dust, pollen and mold. Report from the Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database showed cities in Madhya Pradesh with mounting air pollution levels. It has to be mentioned that as per World Health Organisation reports in India Uttar Pradesh has
largest number of polluted cities followed by Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.