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Karnataka to set up 11 air monitoring stations, industrial clusters to get preference

Karnataka to set up 11 air monitoring stations, industrial clusters to get preference
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Karnataka to set up 11 air monitoring stations, industrial clusters to get preference

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Under the Central government launched National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) and Karnataka government's Vision 2020 eleven new Continuous Ambient Air...

Under the Central government launched National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) and Karnataka government's Vision 2020 eleven new Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) will be set up in the state.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has asked the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) to put these stations in industrial areas. Three CAAQMS will be set up this year.

Confirming the news, Srinivasulu, member secretary, KSPCB told The Hans India, "Under NCAP and Vision 2020 some funds were released to the BBMP. 11 new manual air monitoring stations will be set up in Karnataka, out of which 3 will be set up this year. Since industrial effluents are the major source of pollution we have asked the KIADB to set up these in the industrial areas. The KSPCB has given the technical inputs."

Four stations will be set up in Bengaluru while Gulbarga, Davengere, Belgaum and Dharwad will get the prominence outside the state capital. The other three will be set up in the industrial areas like Jigani and Tumkuru, however, it is yet to be decided.

In the long term action plan the government has decided to promote more battery promoted vehicles. In this regard, the transport department has transferred an amount of Rs. 4 crore by the way of Deposit contribution to BESCOM for the purpose of establishing the charging stations for electric vehicles.

In Bengaluru, Central Silk Board and City Railway Station are the worst polluted areas where the Air Quality Index (AQI) wavers between 100-115. At Raichur, Koppal, Hubli and Kalburgi fall in the moderate category with PM10 being a major pollutant.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) an AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 is 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'.

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