Question raised in Lok Sabha on Air pollution, 15/12/2017

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Air pollution, 15/12/2017. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is monitoring ambient air quality in 691 locations covering 303 cities/towns in 29 States and 6 Union Territories across the country under National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). As per the data, the number of cities where monitored values are exceeding National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) during 2016 is 21 for NO2, 195 for PM10 and 31 for PM2.5. The ambient air quality data for 2016 is given in Annexure – I. As per the available data for Delhi and NCR for last five years (Annexure II and Annexure III), PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations are the major concern for the entire area, however a few violations are observed in NO2 concentrations in Delhi, Meerut and Faridabad. The concentration of SO2 is within the standard limit at all the locations in all the last five years. Various reasons for high air pollution include vehicular pollution, emissions from industries, biomass burning, construction activities and road dust etc.

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