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PTI patna India
Updated: 25-11-2018 20:06 IST

The Bihar State Pollution Control

Board (BSPCB) has asked all the 38 district magistrates to

take steps in curbing air pollution levels, especially in

Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya, where air quality has worsened

alarmingly of late.

The three Bihar cities figured among the "very poor"

air quality index (AQI) (300-400) or severe (400-500) category

in the past one week.

The state pollution control board has written letters

to all the DMs on November 24 (2018) asking them to implement

"city specific action plan" to combat rising air pollution.

"You (DMs) are directed to implement city specific

action plan for prevention and control of air pollution in

your city. Hold monthly review meeting and submit compliance

report regarding the same...Sensitize the general public

regarding harmful effects of air pollution and elicit their

support to control it," BSPCB chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh said

in the letter addressed to the DMs.

As per the AQI chart prepared by Central Pollution

Control Board (CPCB), Patna's air quality was the worst in the

country at 402 AQI (index value) on November 20. The day

after, it was Muzaffarpur which was the worst nationally with

445 AQI while Gaya won the dubious distinction with 377 AQI on

November 24.

The AQI is an assessment of the air quality taking

into account eight pollutants: PM2.5 (particulate matter less

than 10 microns) PM10 (particulate matter less than 10

microns), nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, ozone, carbon

monoxide, ammonia and lead.

The CPCB states that 'very poor' category of AQI can

lead to respiratory illnesses on prolonged exposure while

'severe' category can affect healthy people and seriously

impact those with existing diseases.

The state pollution board asked the DMs to take swift

and stern action against those found guilty of burning solid

waste, tyres and garden waste in the open under the Bihar

Municipality Plastic Waste Management Model Regulation 2018.

Municipal corporations should be directed not to burn

waste at garbage dumping sites, it said. adding that DMs

should ensure regular check of 'pollution under control' and

fitness certificates.

The Board also asked the DMs to take steps to motivate

farmers so that they do not burn their produce on farms. It

also suggested that agency/contractors would carry out

construction work by covering the construction sites while

vehicles engaged in transportation of sand and other

construction materials have to be covered as well, the letter

said.

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