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Ghaziabad to get three online air monitoring stations, five LED display units

Currently, the entire Ghaziabad city has a single functional online air pollution monitoring system, at the regional office of the UPPCB in Vasundhara

noida Updated: Feb 08, 2018 22:10 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The officials plan to install the LED display units in Mohan Nagar, near Vaishali Metro station, at old bus stand, the district headquarters and in Raj Nagar Extension. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad city is all set to get three more online air pollution monitoring systems. The officials of the UP pollution control board (UPPCB) said the central pollution control board (CPCB) has sent them a proposal for installing three online monitoring stations in Ghaziabad.

Currently, the entire Ghaziabad city has a single functional online air pollution monitoring system, at the regional office of the UPPCB in Vasundhara. The office has a huge LED display unit which provides online data related to PM2.5, PM10 and other pollutants. But it is located in the residential area and is not visible to commuters and residents.

“The CPCB has sent us a proposal for installation of three online monitoring systems. We have requested them to make that four as it will take our tally to five. Since there is also a proposal for five such station in Gautam Budh Nagar, we have requested that an equal number be provided to Ghaziabad as well,” said Ashok Tiwari, regional manager, UPPCB.

The residents said they have time and again demanded more online monitoring systems and that they be installed in different locations to apprise the residents of real-time pollution data.

“Since Ghaziabad city has a vast geographical spread, these stations should ideally be installed in places where there is high traffic. The UPPCB has installed one in Vasundhara and the other at Model Town (not an online system). There is no traffic movement in these places and the actual levels of pollution may never be ascertained,” colonel (retired) TP Tyagi, president, flat owners’ federation, said.

Apart from the online monitoring systems, the Ghaziabad administration has also provided funds to the UPPCB office for installation of five LED display units at prominent locations.

“These LED display units will fetch pollution related information from online stations and display them to residents and commuters. This will make residents aware of the real-time pollution levels. We are planning to install these display units on major roads and at intersections. Funds have been provided and online e-tendering will soon take place for procuring the display units,” Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate, Ghaziabad, said.

The officials plan to install the LED display units in Mohan Nagar, near Vaishali Metro station, at old bus stand, district headquarters and in Raj Nagar Extension, at the starting point of the Hindon elevated road. These areas see a large number of commuters who will benefit from the display of pollution levels. The officials said the LED display units will be in place in next two months and will cost nearly Rs 5 lakh each.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 22:10 IST