(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

We always wonder where to check the quality of the air in our area, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has come up with answer to your question. The MPCB on Saturday launched real-time air quality monitoring system for the city on its website.

According to Hindustan Times, Air quality information from 13 stations – Vile Parle, Kandivli, Sion, Kurla, Borivli, Worli, Mulund, Powai, Colaba, Nerul, Kalyan, Vasai-Virar, and Mahape – is available with real-time updates on pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, etc. But information from stations at Santacruz and Dombivli is yet to go live.

E Ravendiran, member secretary, MPCB told the leading daily, “MPCB intends to add more 24-hour online monitoring stations across Maharashtra. Citizens will now have official and reliable air quality information of areas across Mumbai. 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.”

The real-time air quality monitoring system project was proposed in 2017, and it was expected that the data from these stations will be made public from April 2018, but the station was inaugurated in June 2018. And back then, the MPCB claimed that the data will be made public in 15 days of the inauguration, but it took four months for the Pollution Control body to make the data public.

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