The station to record levels of various harmful gases

A real time Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAAQMS) will come in the city soon. The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) will set up the station on the premises of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) Guest House on Bandar Road.

The real time CAAQMS will generate a comprehensive real time data, which helps in analysing the pollution levels.

The PCB is contemplating arranging a digital display board to inform the people about the pollution in the city. The people can have real-time data if PCB plans are successful.

The station, being set up with Central Pollution Control Board assistance, will record the levels of various harmful gases, including carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, benzene, toluene and xylene, on an hourly basis. Meteorological parameters like wind speed, wind direction, temperature, relative humidity and solar radiation are subjects of study at the station, according to PCB officials.

The PCB, hitherto, has been monitoring the ambient air quality at three locations at Benz Circle, Police control Room (PCR) and Autonagar Industrial area. The CAAQM is an advanced system to asses the pollution in the city. The CAAQM station is one of the six proposed in the State. Other places to get this facility are Hyderabad (2), Visakhapatnam (2) and Tirumala (1).

The PCB has set up a real-time noise pollution monitoring system near All India Radio Station on Bandar road in the city to assess the noise levels (sound pollution).

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