KanpurDistrict magistrate of Kanpur Surendra Singh has issued notices to seven government departments, including the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), for failing to check air pollution.The action was taken following a report of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) that had said the government departments, including Kanpur Development Authority (KDA), Avas Vikas, Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC), Forest Department, Electric Supply Department (KESCo), Jal Nigam and the UPPCB, had not initiated measures to check air pollution despite several reminders. The CPCP report said the city was on the list of “non attainment cities”. Cities are declared non-attainment if over a 5-year period they consistently do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for PM 10 (Particulate matter that is 10 microns or less in diameter) or NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide). The CPCB measure three main pollutants: PM 10, PM 2.5 and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) to access the air quality.The report said the air pollution in the city has gone up three times from the fixed standards. The city air has PM-10 271 microgram per cubic meter, SO-2 and NO2 are 17.2 and 198 microgram per cubic meter which were much higher than the normal.According to World Health Organization (WHO) the permissible limit of PM 2.5 is 60 microgram per cubic meter but the city air has touched 499 microgram per cubic meter.The DM has now asked the departments to apprise him about the action taken by them to check air pollution.Meanwhile, regional officer of UPPCB, Kuldeep Misra said an action plan has been prepared for containing air pollution in the city.Under the plan, more trees would be planted on roadsides, action would be taken to remove building material from roads, expedite construction and demolition work, adulteration in petrol be checked, use of generators be discouraged by ensuring better power supply, green buffer zones be created, garbage heaps be removed among others.