NGT directs installation of 175 air quality monitoring stations within 6 months

NGT directs installation of 175 air quality monitoring stations within 6 months

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New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the establishment of 175 air quality monitoring stations across the country within six months.
The green panel directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to monitor the work by holding periodic online meetings with the Chairman / Member Secretaries of the State Pollution Control Board or other officials.
It added that work in this regard could begin within a month and the funds available under the ‘Consent Mechanism’ / ‘Environmental Indemnity’ by the State Pollution Control Board could be used for this purpose.
 € able It would be better that out of the above, 25 stations are set up jointly by CPCB / State PCBs / PCCs (with CPCB financing from their EC funds), a suitable process to ensure the best price and quality. While following? The bench headed by NGT chairman Justice AK Goel said.
The tribunal passed the order after dismissing a report filed by the CPCB that 173 stations had already been established.
It also directed that carrying capacity and source abatement studies may be carried out simultaneously by the state pollution control boards utilizing the ‘environmental compensation’ fund.
The concept of “carrying capacity” addresses the question of how many people can be allowed in any area without risking deteriorating the environment.
Work in this regard can begin within a month and can be completed in six months. State PCBs / PCCs will be free to either study in-house or hire any other agencies.
The bench said, “However, as far as possible, a similar policy may be adopted in this regard, which may be finalized by the CPCB in consultation with all state PCBs / PCCs.”
The Tribunal also directs the authorities to stop / transfer polluting activities in the interest of public health and protection of the environment, which are continuous / non-conforming to other places.
Expressing disapproval on the timeline for reducing air pollution, the National Green Tribunal had earlier directed the Environment Ministry to revise the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) which proposes a 20-30 percent reduction in air pollution by 2024 Does.

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