Noida fails to procure air quality monitoring system

  • Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2016 23:38 IST
The current equipment is able to measure only a single indicator of air quality, PM10, PM2.5, SO2 or NO2, at a given moment. (HT File)

Noida has once again missed the deadline to procure an automatic air quality monitoring system to give real time update on pollution level.

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) last year said Noida was supposed to get the high-tech system in March or April beginning.

“It will take us three more months to procure the system. The department is following the procedure to get it,” said Dr BB Awasthi, regional officer at Gautam Budh Nagar pollution control board.

The new system will work round the clock and give real time updates on pollution for 12 categories, including PM10 and PM2.5.

On March 21, 2016, the Delhi government had said it would set up automatic systems in the NCR areas, including Noida, once Delhi’s second round of Odd-Even scheme begins from April 15.

The Gautam Budh Nagar district on Tuesday said it was also working on some innovative ways to set up more than one system with a budget of `1.5 crore.

“We have asked 10 private agencies, including educational institutions, corporate houses and industrialists to set up these high-tech machines on their premises,” said NP Singh, the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar. The private parties are yet to reply.

The DM is scheduled to hold a meeting on March 26 with the Noida authority, the UPPCB and other departments to discuss the action plan to address the pollution issue.

It was in 2012 that the UPPCB office in Noida wrote to higher authorities in Lucknow demanding an automatic ambient air monitoring system. Even after four years, Noida is yet to get this system, which costs only `1.5 crore.

At present, the lab in the Noida pollution office can measure the level of particulate matter - 10 (PM-10), PM 2.5, SO2, NO2 and sound - in the atmosphere.

“Noida should have at least six to seven systems at different places to measure pollution levels,” said Sudhir Shrivastav, the spokesperson for the Noida Entrepreneur Association (NEA).

On an average, a level of PM-10 (which measures dust particles) is recorded at 150-200 microgram per cubic metre against the permissible limit of 100 micro grams per cubic metre. PM 2.5 (which measures 2.5 micron size dust particles) is recorded at 80-480 microgram per cubic metre against the permissible limit of 100 microgram per cubic metre.

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