SO2 and NO2 within prescribed air quality norms in residenti


 Notice Date : 15 July 2009

The dioxides of Sulphur and Nitrogen are within the prescribed air quality norms in residential areas in all the cities with fluctuating trend.  However, the levels of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) exceed the prescribed norms in many cities. The RSPM levels exceeded the prescribed norms in residential areas in 86 out of 125 cities monitored during 2008. The trend of RSPM levels in the last 03 years is fluctuating. The annual average of NOx level in residential areas exceeded the prescribed norms at a total of 08 locations in Kolkata, Howrah and Delhi.

            The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) with the help of concerned State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) and Pollution Control Committees (PCCs) is monitoring the ambient air quality in the country at 346 stations covering 130 cities and towns. 

The causes of air pollution are vehicular movement, industrialization, burning of fuel in kitchen, operation of DG sets, etc.

            The Central Government provided funds through CPCB for National Air Monitoring  Programme to various SPCBs and PCCs during the last three years from Rs 3 crores to Rs 5 crores.It is stated at Annexure-I. A provision of Rs 400 Lakhs has been made for the current financial year, i.e., 2009 -10.

         The Government has taken various measures to control air pollution, like implementation of notified emission standards for industries and generator sets. Implementation of action plans for air quality management in 16 cities is also being undertaken.

Implementation of emission norms for new and in-use vehicles and fuel quality in accordance with the Road Map of the Auto Fuel Policy, introduction of cleaner fuel in public transport and strengthening of mass transportation are underway.

The CPCB and concerned SPCBs/PCCs undertake inspection of industries to enforce the notified environmental norms and appropriate action including closure directions and prosecution are initiated in cases of violation.

Annexure- I

Details of Payment Released to Various Monitoring Agencies under National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP)

S.No.

Name of Monitoring Agency

2006-07       (Amount in Rs)

 

2007-08      (Amount in Rs.)

 

2008-09

(Amount in Rs.)

 

Andhra Pradesh SPCB

573750

-

9335917

 

Assam SPCB

368334

2025834

7186667

 

Bihar SPCB

394305

-

 

Chandigarh PCC

1615000

920833

1117500

 

Chattisgarh ECB

871250

-

682500

 

Gujarat SPCB

4324583

1884167

2110000

 

Goa SPCB

1190000

 

1065833

 

Jharkhand SPCB

1728333

2406667

1185833

 

Jammu & Kashmir SPCB

1376000

1747000

 -

 

Haryana SPCB

-

441527

-

 

Himachal Pradesh SEP & PCB

2295000

3992056

3573611

 

Karnataka SPCB

3105000

538333

1625417

 

Kerala SPCB

1097917

942083

1922916

 

Maharashtra SPCB

1133333

5581667

5132583

 

Meghalaya SPCB

524167

-

897667

 

Manipur SPCB

225000

-

-

 

Madhya Pradesh SPCB

510000

-

2155695

 

Mizoram SPCB

-

425000

810000

 

Nagaland SPCB

1586590

198333

623334

 

Orissa SPCB

1211250

892500

1867084

 

Punjab SPCB

250000

1133333

586000

 

Pondicherry PCC

255000

1020000

405000

 

Rajasthan SPCB

2871250

3143333

2510000

 

Tamil Nadu SPCB

1112084

-

-

 

Tripura SPCB

345000

-

-

 

Uttar Pradesh SPCB

4016250

904306

9416445

 

Uttarakhand EP&PCB

288055

690000

368333

 

West Bengal SPCB

-

1501667

1960416

 

NEERI 

5986171

6324306

-

 

Total =

3,92,53,622

3,67,12,945

5,65,38,751

Note: SPCB – State Pollution Control Board, SEP&PCB – State Environment Protection & Pollution Control Board, EP& PCB – Environment Protection & Pollution Control Board, PCC – Pollution Control Committee. NEERI – National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.

Minister of State for the Ministry of Environment and Forests (Independent charge) Shri Jairam Ramesh replied in written questions by Shri. P.P.Chauhan, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara and Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patasani in Lok Sabha today. 

 

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