Govt to install special devices across city to reduce pollution says Adhikari

first_imgKolkata: State Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari on Wednesday said the government is going to install special devices across the city that are enabled to suck dust particles thereby reducing pollution.During a meeting on air quality in and around Kolkata with renowned construction companies, civic bodies and police, several issues were raised and guidelines were given. Adhikari maintained that the pollution level increases as the Particulate Matter (PM) 10 and PM 2.5, which are commonly known as dust particles, go up in the air. The Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) also hampers the air quality. To deal with such problems, the construction companies have been asked to cover the area where construction is on and also spread water in and around the area for stabilisation of the dust particles. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalIn Wednesday’s meeting, the civic bodies were asked to keep vigil in their areas to prevent actions polluting the environment. The minister also informed that many people are facing lung ailments due to pollution. Just after the meeting was over, he mentioned that several eminent and aged persons have died recently, who might have survived for a few more years if the pollution level was under control. During Wednesday’s meeting, there were no representatives from Rail Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL). Regarding this Adhikari said: “We are taking strong note of it. They will be asked to provide a reason for not being present at the meeting.” At the press conference, the minister said the air quality has improved. But the use of some components that are polluting the environment needs to be controlled. “I am urging people not to worry. We are going to check the elements in the air and bring down pollution,” Adhikari added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Pollution Control Board has also decided to install special devices as a pilot project to lessen the polluting materials in the air. Five more Air Quality Monitoring Stations will be set up at Jadavpur, Rabindra Sarobar, Science City, Administrative Training Institute (ATI) in Salt Lake and near Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM). The civic bodies will be given special vehicles for spreading water to lower pollution. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation will get 10 and Howrah Municipal Corporation will get five such vehicles soon. Adhikari further informed that the ban on commercial vehicles aged 15 years or more in the city has been fully implemented. Police administration was given a week and asked to make the vehicle owners aware of the ban after the circular was issued. Since January 8, the restriction is in place.last_img