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
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
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
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