The System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR),which provides information about air quality,weather and the current UV index was launched by Dr Shailesh Nayak,secretary,Ministry of Earth Sciences here at a function on May 1.
Nayak said pollutants like PM10,PM2.5,CO,NO3,O3 have adverse effects on the respiratory system of human. These pollutants can also affect blood circulation,cause allergies and cardiovascular diseases. Hence,monitoring these parameters is very essential.
Under SAFAR,the pollutants are continuously monitored at 10 air quality monitoring stations,established at Bhosari (Growth lab,PCMC),Nigdi Pradhikaran (Jal shudhikaran Kendra,PCMC),Alandi (MIT),Pashan (IITM),Shivajinagar (Shimala Office),Dhankawadi (Bharati Vidyapeeth),Hadapsar (Lohiya Udyan,PMC),Manjari (VSI),Lohegaon (Pune Airport) and Girinagar (DIAT),with different environmental conditions.
The Air Quality Index rates the pollutants on a scale of good,moderate,poor,very poor and critical. Advisories about ultraviolet radiation will also be provided. The information would be received at the monitoring stations from where,after rigorous quality check,information would be disseminated in a simple and user-friendly format for the public through 12 digital display boards,SAFAR website,e-mail alerts,SMS alerts and interactive voice response service (IVRS),said Dr Gufran Beig,SAFAR programme director.
Emission inventories have been prepared for eight chemical pollutants such as NOx,CO,PM2.5,PM10,VOCs,SO2,BC and OC in a region of 50×50 km around Pune.