Mumbai: Most air quality monitoring stations lack real-time data

  • | Thursday | 18th April, 2019

While activists are demanding for more air quality monitoring stations across Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to accurately quantify the magnitude of the air pollution crisis, 13 out of 16 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) installed across MMR are yet to provide any data online. NO DATA AVAILABLECurrently, the MPCB has a total of 16 CAAQMS, which monitor air quality based on 12 parameters mandated under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2009). Currently, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has a total of 16 CAAQMS, which monitor air quality based on 12 parameters mandated under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2009). Currently, Mumbai has 10 air quality monitoring stations set up by System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) under the Ministry of Earth Science that monitors AQI whose data is available through a dedicated smartphone application as well as website. Only three of the 16 CAAQMS located at Sion, Bandra and Worli provide real-time data on its website, while all others display the message, 'no data available'.

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