MC Ludhiana, pollution board officials discuss framework for monitoring air quality

MC Ludhiana, pollution board officials discuss framework for monitoring air quality

Officials of the MC and the PPCB during a meeting in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, November 24

A meeting to discuss and deliberate on the framework for monitoring of air quality parameters for disbursal of funds amounting to Rs 26 crore, to be released by the Central Government, to improve the air quality of the city was held here today at the Zone-D office of the Municipal Corporation on Tuesday.

The meeting was chaired by MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal. Krunesh Garg, Member Secretary, Punjab Pollution Control Board, and other officials of the MC and the PPCB were also present during the meeting.

‘Finalise four more sites for air monitoring’

Municipal Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal directed the officials concerned to finalise four more new sites for air monitoring, make city roads pothole-free and ensure mechanical sweeping of the roads. He directed them to ensure 100 per cent segregation of waste in the city and run the waste processing plant at full capacity.

During the meeting, various matters related to air pollution control such as monitoring of air pollution, measures to control dust emission on roads and to make better use of funds which are to be released by the Central Government for the National Clean Air Programme. Issues related to solid waste burning were also discussed.

Municipal Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal directed the officials concerned to finalise four more new sites for air monitoring, make city roads pothole-free and ensure mechanical sweeping of the roads. He directed them to ensure 100 per cent segregation of waste in the city and run the waste processing plant at full capacity. He also directed the officials to eliminate the garbage vulnerable points in all wards and make them beautiful.

Krunesh Garg, member secretary, elaborated the role and responsibilities of various stakeholder departments such as MCL, Forest Department, Department of Transport, Punjab Pollution Control Board, PWD (B&R), Department of Agriculture and district administration for controlling the air pollution.

Thereafter, the officials carried out a field visit to the CETP of 40 MLD capacity for Focal Point Dyeing Cluster and 50 MLD CETP for Tajpur Road Dyeing Cluster to review the status of various execution works carried out at the site. Senior Environmental Engineer of the PPCB, Ludhiana, Sandeep Bahl said these CETPs which were being installed for the treatment of effluent generated from dyeing industries at single point were expected to be completed by December 31, 2020.

The micro forest sites located opposite the Central Jail, Tajpur Road, along the Buddha Nullah and adjoining STP, Jamalpur, 48 MLD being developed by the MC, Ludhiana, were also inspected by the officials.

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