Indore : Indore Pollution Control Board (PCB) claimed that pollution level in the city was lower than Bhopal but it has more population and vehicles than the state capital.

In a press conference here on Monday, noted activist Kishore Kodwani said, “The information we received from the PCB shows that Indore’s pollution level is 80 points lower than Bhopal while its population per square kilometre is much higher.” According to the figures which he presented, population per square kilometres in Bhopal is 6,619, while it is 16,670 in Indore.

Similarly, the number of vehicles in Bhopal per square km is 2,923 while it is 13,075 vehicles in Indore. “I wonder how is it possible the pollution level of Indore is lower than Bhopal when the number of vehicles and population are much higher in Indore,” Kodwani said.

The reason behind such a report is that the areas inspected by the team, said Kodwani. “There are 4 PCB centres in Ujjain and 4 in Bhopal, where the population per square kilometres is lower than Indore, while in Indore there are only 3 PCB centres,” Kodwani explained. He reasoned that the PCB is inspecting areas that do not depict the real picture of the city. Also, he added that we need more PCB centres, as Indore is a tier-2 city.

In a suggestion for getting the real picture of pollution in Indore, he said, “I urge the Central Pollution Control Department to take samples from 25 major areas of the city to discover the real pollution level.” Further, he pointed out that the major industrial and residential areas must be considered under the PCB inspection.

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