Updated 5:35 am, Dec 17, 2017

Air quality: Three automated stations in Chandigarh to give 24X7 data | SNE

By  Hindustan Times .
Nov 21, 2017

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The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) is installing three automatic air quality monitoring stations at Sectors 26, 50 and Panjab University. Unlike the present stations, the new ones will be fully automated and give readings round the clock, said CPCC member secretary PJS Dadhwal.

 At the five old stations — Sector 17; Institute of Microbial Technology, Sector 39; Industrial Area, PEC varsity, Sector 12; and Kaimbwala village — air quality is monitored manually, on alternate days. The urgency to have automatic meters was felt earlier this month, when smog had engulfed the city.
The air quality had reached “very poor” level, and continued to reman so for weeks. At this level, the polluted air can cause respiratory illness to people on prolonged exposure. When on November 8, the pollution level reached 375 microgram per cubic meter, the data was released a day later and the health advisory was further delayed by another day, by when the quality had started improving.
Experts say the installation of automated monitors will give more accurate and timely readings. It will also help gauge at what time of the day pollution rises and declines.
14 trains delayed

Meanwhile, smog in the region again delayed arrival of 14 trains at the Chandigarh railway station on Sunday. The morning Shatabdi from New Delhi reached 18 minutes late, against its scheduled arrival of 11:05am.

Kalka Mail from Howrah was late by 3 hours, 20 minutes, Barmer-Kalka Express by 2 hours, 8 minutes, and Unchahar Express by 9 hours, 23 minutes. The Lalkuan-Amritsar Express, which arrives at Chandigarh at 9:25 am, was late by an hour and 20 minutes, while the train from Lucknow arrived with a delay of 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Himalayan Queen was late by 3 hours, 50 minutes, and Dibrugarh-Chandigarh Express was running behind schedule by 10 hours, 8 minutes. With the airport closed on Sunday, no flight was available.

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