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Ambient air quality monitoring station to come up in Vasco

Panaji: The Goa State Pollution Control Board is in the process of establishing a continuous ambient air quality monitoring station (CAAQMS) in Vasco.  For the first time, an Air Quality Index  will  be generated and data will be in the public domain.

An instrument costing Rs 1.10 crore will  be purchased with the funds received from the Union ministry of environment for setting up the CAAQMS for monitoring air pollution parametres such as PM10, PM2.5, SO2 & NOx.

The funds have been obtained under a central scheme: the Central Pollution Control Board provides 50 per cent of the financial assistance to procure the monitoring machine. 

Board officials told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the existing 18 manual air quality monitoring stations across the state will  be gradually converted into continuous monitoring stations  in phases, and the  data will  be linked with central server of the CPCB so as give real-time data to the general public.

Earlier, the GSPCB had decided to install the   CAQMS  at the KTC bus terminal in Panaji.  However, the proposal  was rejected, which forced  the board to zero in on the Dr Ambedkar Park for setting up the air quality monitoring station.

In fact, the board had even obtained permission from Corporation of the City of Panaji  and office of the chief conservator of forest. An amount of Rs 5.81 lakh had been spent for constructing  a platform for establishing the CAAQMS. But the station  could not be installed due to strong opposition. Consequently, the GSPCB decided to set up the  CAAQMS in the state capital under different funding pattern  (i.e. 100% assistance) facilitated through the Union environment ministry on data purchase mode for initial seven years.

The station will be handed over to  the state pollution control board later in its life.

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