To have state-of-the-art observatories in Kashmir,Jammu



Jammu, Nov 18: Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Board would soon have high-tech facilities to monitor the pollution levels with one each state-of-the-art Observatories in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.
 The project, formulated and proposed by the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) for SPCB, has been submitted to Asian Development Bank for funding; sources said adding that the project was targeted to be executed on the ground in the year 2014.
 “The upgraded high-tech centres, one each in Kashmir and Jammu regions would be established with Continuous Air Monitoring Systems (CAMS), having online connectivity. These systems will help to do away with the manual uploading and processing of data” sources said.
 They said that at present three Air Pollution Monitoring Stations (NAPMS) are operating in Jammu but the scientists have to work manually for so many things.
 Sources further informed that out of the total 11 NAPMS   sanctioned to the state by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPB), many never became functional, while others were not working properly.
 While  the Air Pollution levels around the festival of Diwali has been released in the rest of the country, the situation in J&K is quite opposite as the State Pollution Control Board has not been able to assess and release the levels as yet.
 The sources informed said that the air pollution data at a particular place was to be collected two days before Diwali, and two days after the festival and then the data is processed and released, but in Jammu no such data has been released.
 This is despite the fact that the air pollution levels during the festival time were observed in many parts of Jammu, including three main places of   Narwal, Jewel and Bari Brahmana.
 Confirming the proposed project, the SPCB chairman, Lal Chand said, “The upgradation plan has been prepared by ERA and the proposal has been accepted by the Asian Development Bank, for which the funding is expected soon”.
 Further he added that proposal is for establishing upgraded high-tech centres one in Jammu Region and one in Kashmir, he said adding  “with the coming up of this project, the manual work of the officials will be eased and things would get easier and fast with the advanced Technology.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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