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Pollution data in real time

Ranchi, June 10: Now, you can study the level of pollution in your city.

The state’s first continuous real-time ambient air quality monitoring station will measure levels of air and noise pollution, including the quantity of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and suspended particulate matters online.

Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) has decided to install real-time machines worth Rs 80 lakh in Dhanbad and Ranchi.

The Central Pollution Control Board has declared the coal capital of the state a critically polluted area. Hence, the pollution board will install the machine in the coal belt next month. Ranchi will follow next.

Analysers will work round-the-clock and real-time data will be displayed at prominent public places near the station after subsequent monitoring of air quality, gas and particulate matters, including industrial emissions. Data generated by the stations will be available on the websites of both the state and the central pollution control boards.

R.K. Sinha, the member secretary of the state pollution control board told said that after the finalisation of the tender, which is already in the process, the machine will be installed in Dhanbad, which has 100 hard coke and 50 coal brickette plants.

As for now the board is following the manual process to monitor air and noise pollution. “We collect samples and then take them to our laboratory at Tupudana,” the member secretary said. But after the installation, the data could be downloaded for further interpretation and analysis, Sinha said.

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