Monitoring of pollution level begins in 13 locations in Amritsar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 16

Under the Smart City Mission in Amritsar, monitoring of pollution level has started in different parts of the city. Under this process, the level of noise pollution along with air pollution will be examined. Under this, at a total 13 main places of the city, including bus stand, Maqboolpura Chowk, 100 Footi Road Chowk, Bhagatwala Chowk, DTO Office Chowk, Rialto Chowk, B-Block Market Ranjit Avenue, SSSS Chowk, Mustafabad BRTS Station (Batala Road), Ratan Singh Chowk, Cheharta Chowk, Majitha Road Bypass Chowk and Town Hall will be monitored 24 hours with Combo Dust Sampler Machine and Noise Level Meter for three days. Giving more information about it, CEO Smart City and Municipal Corporation Commissioner Komal Mittal said, so far, the pollution level in the city has not been investigated before at this level.

The objective of this monitoring being done under the Smart City Mission is to measure the level of pollution in different parts of the city. That is why any two working days of the week except Saturday and Sunday have been fixed for the pollution monitoring. Simultaneously, noise pollution from motor vehicles is also being monitored. All the 12 standards set by the Central Pollution Control Board for Pollution monitoring are being examined. She said this monitoring is being done under the Smart City Mission in two phases (pre and post monsoon). At present, the post monsoon phase of monitoring is going on. After this monitoring, we will know the highest level of pollution throughout the city, because at this time the level of pollution always been highest throughout the year in North India due to burning of straw by the farmers.

She said currently pollution is being investigated by the Pollution Control Board in the city from two pollution monitoring stations, one of which is located near the focal point and the other is near the Golden Temple. Due to the limited range of these stations, it becomes difficult to estimate pollution levels in the rest of the city. Apart from this, the noise pollution is not monitored in these stations. Keeping these things in mind, this monitoring is being done in different stages. Data of the monitoring will be used to prepare a comprehensive strategy to reduce the level of pollution in the city.

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