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National Ambient Air Quality Standards

CPCB: Current Air Pollution Levels

The ambient air of the State is being monitored regularly at 24 monitoring stations including one at Dera Baba Nanak (Male Declaration to study the likely trans-boundary effects) under National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP) set up in 11 cities.


These stations have been set up for monitoring Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), Sulphur dioxide (SO2) and Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) for 24 hours thrice a week. The 11 cities include highly polluting cities like Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh, which have large number of air polluting units.

Four stations have been set up in Rural Areas of Village Rasulpur (Distt. Amritsar), Village Gangsar (Distt. Sangrur), Village Himmatpura (Distt. Faridkot) and Village Mukandpur (Distt. S.B.S. Nagar) to monitor the impact of burning of agricultural residue on the ambient air quality there.


National Air Quality Monitoring Program Stations in Punjab

(Manual Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations)

 

City

Station

Type

 

Mandi Gobindgarh

1.  M/s Raj Steels

2.  M/s Modern Automotives

3.  M/s United Steel

Industrial

Industrial

Residential /Commercial

 

Khanna

1.  AS Higher Secondary School

2.  Markfed

Residential

Industrial

 

Ludhiana

1.  Milk Plant, Ferozepur Road

2.  M/s Nahar Spinning Mills

3.  Vishwakarma Chowk

4.  Zonal  office

Residential

Industrial

Commercial

Commercial

 

Jalandhar

1.  Regional Office, PPCB

2.  Focal Point

3.Zonal Office, near M.C.   Tubewell

4. M/s G.K./Maltex Malsters

Residential

Industrial

Commercial

Industrial

 

Naya Nangal

1.       M/s Punjab Alkalies

2.       M/s National Fertilizers Limited

Industrial

Industrial

 

Dera Baba Nanak

1.          C-PYTE Building

Trans- boundary effects

 

Patiala

1.          M/s Ceylone Ind.

2.          Fire Brigade Office

Industrial

Commercial

 

Dera Bassi

1.          M/s Winsome Yarn

2.          Ms. PCPL

Industrial

Industrial

 

Bathinda

 

1.           M/s Milk Plant

 

Industrial

 

Amritsar

1.          M/s Vinod Milk Chilling Centre

2.          R.O, Focal Point

Commercial

Industrial

 

Source: Punjab Pollution Control Board

 

Rural Area Monitoring Stations

(Manual Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations)

 

 

City

Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station At

Type

Amritsar

 

Village Rasulpur

Residential

Sangrur

 

Village Gangsar

Residential

Faridkot

 

Village Himmatpura

Residential

S.B.S.Nagar

 

Village Mukandpur

Residential

Source: Punjab Pollution Control Board

 

Continuous (online) Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS)under NCAP

Punjab has six CAAQMS in six non attainment cities viz., Amritsar, Jalandhar, Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh, Patiala and Ludhiana under National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) out of identified 9 non-attainment cities in Punjab by CPCB.

NCAP has been launched in January 2019 by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change and is a time-bound national level strategy to tackle increasing air pollution. The NCAP is a mid-term, five-year action plan with 2019 as the first year. The main aim of the programme would be 20-30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024. The programme takes 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration. The programme may be further extended to a longer time horizon after a mid-term review of the outcomes. Dovetailing of the existing policies and programmes including the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and other initiatives of Government of India in reference to climate change will be done while execution of NCAP.

City specific action plans are being formulated for 102 non-attainment cities identified for implementing mitigation actions under NCAP. Cities have already prepared action plans in consultation with Central Pollution Control Board. Further as proposed by the national plan an apex committee under environment minister, a steering committee under secretary (environment) and a monitoring committee under a joint secretary have been constituted with project monitoring committees at the state-level with scientist and trained personnel.

Further, other features of NCAP include, increasing number of monitoring stations in the country including rural monitoring stations, technology support, emphasis on awareness and capacity building initiatives, setting up of certification agencies for monitoring equipment, source apportionment studies, emphasis on enforcement, specific sectoral interventions etc.