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Nashik district to get 3 new air monitoring station

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Malegaon to become first-tier three city to get CAAQMS

Nashik: The Central Pollution Control Board has announced that Maharashtra will get 56 new air monitoring systems. In that, Nashik district will get three new Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS). The CAAQMS stations will be installed at three different locations in the district, including one in Malegaon city. Nashik city will get two of the stations out of a total of three stations.

Currently, there is only one CAAQMS system in Nashik, which is installed at KTHM College. The city will get two new such stations, which will generate a live feed of the Air Quality Index (AQI) and will provide information about the air quality standard in that particular area.

The officials of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the monitoring body of the station, informed that the systems will be installed at Guru Gobind Singh Engineering College and Divisional Commissioner Office, Nashik Road.  The CAAQMS monitors pollutants using different analyzers and working principles, thereby, which reduces the chances of manual error, generate data within minutes, and transmit the data.

The data generated is disseminated online through a digital display board to the public. It monitors different particles and prominent pollutants in the air including, Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5, PM 10, Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), ammonia (NH3), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Ozone.

At present, there are 23 CAAQMS stations working in the state, while only one is in Nashik. After installation of these three new CAAQMS, there will be four stations in the district, which will provide the live status of air pollution.

“There will be three new stations installed in the Nashik. The three out of two stations will be installed in Nashik City and one will be installed in Malegaon. The Malegaon of Nashik District will become first-tier three cities that will get a CAAQMS station installed. The CPCB has decided to install about 56 new CAAQMS stations in State. Currently, there is only 23 stations in state monitoring air pollution on the live feed.”
                                                                                                      – Jit Sangewar, Regional Officer, MPCB Nashik

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