Hyderabad: The State Pollution Control Board may soon be able to issue regular health advisories based on the ambient air quality across the city with efforts progressing to install ambient Air Quality Index (AQI) monitoring stations across the city.
The plan is to set up one AQI monitoring station for every 10 km in the city with the stations to monitor the ambient air quality round-the-clock. These, PCB officials said, would be apart from the five real-time and 19 manual AQI monitoring stations that are already functioning in the city.
AQI stations, they said, would monitor the level of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, suspended particulate matter (SPM), hydrocarbons and ozone among others in the ambient atmosphere. Once these are known, the PCB will also be able to formulate action plans to improve the air quality and meet prescribed standards.
“At present, we have five real-time and about 20 manual AQI monitoring stations in Hyderabad, which is the highest for any city in India,” said N Raveendher, Senior Environmental Scientist, TSPCB.
The PCB’s website, as of now, provides real-time data from the three AQI stations at Sanath Nagar, zoo park and IDA Pashamylaram. Those from the University of Hyderabad and Punjagutta stations are not displayed on the site.