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More vehicles, construction activities pollute air in state

More vehicles, construction activities pollute air in state

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02 Jul 2019 No comment 19 hits

PANAJI: The capital city and the three major towns of Goa — Mapusa, Vasco and Mormugao (MPT) — have seen a rise in air pollution levels mainly because of vehicular movement, construction activities and industrial emission, Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) said in its annual report 2018-19.
However, the board’s chairman Ganesh Shetgaonkar told REPORTERS that air pollution is not a major issue in the state.
“The monthly average of the ambient air quality data indicates that there is an increase in the level of respirable particulate matter (particles that are 10 microns or less in diameter — PM 10) at some locations,” the GSPCB report stated.
Under the National Air Monitoring Programme, the board has been monitoring the ambient air quality at 18 locations within the state of which the board operates four stations — at Vasco, Mormugao port, Panaji and Mapusa.
The remaining 14 stations are outsourced to the ministry of environment, forest and climate change approved laboratories.
The parameters monitored at these locations include nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, PM 2.5 and PM 10.
Beside the major towns, the pollution control board monitored ambient air quality at Assnora, Bicholim, Honda, Codli, Amona, Usgao, Curchorem, Sanguem, Tilamol-Quepem, and the industrial estates at Kundaim, Cuncolim and Tuem.
“The data indicates that the levels of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are within permissible limits, whereas PM 10 and PM 2.5 are exceeding the permissible limits at Panaji, Vasco, Mapusa and MPT-Vasco,” report said.
Parameter likes ozone, lead and carbon monoxide have also been monitored at the outsourced locations and are found within prescribed limits,” the GSPCB report said.
GSPCB said that increasing human and vehicular population was responsible for the air pollution.

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