FOLLOWING THE deteriorating air quality, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to install four new air quality monitors in Bathinda, Ropar, Khanna and Patiala. It will cost Rs 2.8 crore to the board apart from regular maintenance of the monitors. Irrespective of the poor air quality, PPCB has only three automatic air quality monitors in Ludhiana, Amritsar and Mandi Gobindgarh.
These are linked with the central pollution control board and provide air quality index (AQI) online. There are 48 other air quality control monitors in different cities and rural areas, but since all of them are manual, hence the readings needs to be recorded manually after every eight hours.
Kahan Singh Pannu, PPCB Chairman, while talking with The Indian Express said, “We have 24 manual air quality control monitors in rural and an equal number in urban areas as well, but we will be installing four new automatic monitors so as to make the AQI online. They will be installed in Khanna, Bathinda, Ropar and PPCB’s head office at Patiala. Installation will be completed by December end.”
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