MPCB real-time air quality monitoring system goes live in Mumbai

After a six-month delay, information from 13 monitoring stations will be available on the website

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Following the criticism from anti-air pollution activists, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board’s (MPCB) real-time air quality monitoring system for the city went live on its website over the weekend. It was done after the delay of more than six months.  

Air quality information from 13 stations – Vile Parle, Kandivali, Sion, Kurla, Borivli, Worli, Mulund, Powai, Colaba, Nerul, Kalyan, Vasai-Virar, and Mahape – will now be available with real-time updates on pollutants such as particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, etc.

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MPCB had proposed the stations in 2017 and the data was expected to be made public from April 2018 but the stations were inaugurated in June. Despite MPCB’s claim that data would be available within 15 days of the inauguration, it took the state pollution control body four more months to do the same.

E Ravendiran, Member Secretary of MPCB said that the citizens will now have official and reliable air quality information of areas across Mumbai. He added that monthly and annual averages of this data will be submitted to the state and central agencies for final tabulation and declaration of ambient air quality reports for Mumbai. 

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