Air quality monitoring stations will tell truth about India’s air pollution problem
Air quality in Indian cities is not just bad, it is becoming worse. Indian capital New Delhi is also the capital of the pollution world and has beaten Beijing to occupy the top slot when it comes to the worst performer when it comes to pollution control.
But this is not just Delhi that is suffering from extremely high level of air pollution, almost all the metro cities across the country are extremely polluted given almost no measures for containing pollution level.
But now the union government seems to be waking up, though rather very slowly. A latest report suggests that the Government plans to set up air quality monitoring stations, which are presently functional at 10 places, in more cities in the country.
Now, not just the metros in the country will get monitoring stations, even the state capital as well as those cities having a population of more than 4-6-million will also get them. This was announced by Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar infomed Rajya Sabha today. Presently, air quality data for cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra and Faridabad — are connected to Air Quality Index (AQI), which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 6 this year to disseminate air quality information, he said.
In the meantime reports suggest that the AQI has six categories of air quality which include good, satisfactory, moderately polluted, poor, very poor and severe with distinct colour schemes, the Minister said. Each of these categories are associated with likely health impact and considers eight pollutants, Javadekar said. Responding to another question, the Minister said that the Government has notified environmental norms for polluting industries to control air pollution under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. These norms are to be complied with by all the industries.