Source: The Times Of India | Posted on 04 June 2019
Now, you can check air quality details using new web feature
MUMBAI: Two years after the state government launched a website to rate industries based on their particulate matter emissions, a new feature called the Maharashtra city rating program (http://mpcb.info/ambient-quality/) has been added to it.
Under the new feature, users can access information on the quality of the air they breathe, in addition to the polluting industries in their area.
Under this feature, the website will show cities rated on the basis of their PM10 concentration, data for which will be reported through the ambient air monitoring network set up by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).
This data, will substantiate how industrial pollution is actually affecting the ambient air quality of different regions and also show the difference in air quality across the state.
The new feature was launched by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis on June 4, 2019.
Officials said that ratings for each city will be available on a 5-star scale, where very poor ambient air quality will imply one star and good ambient air quality will imply five stars.
The City rating page of the Star Rating website will have data for 101 monitoring stations across all major cities in Maharashtra, and this data will be updated on a daily basis. Users can view PM10 readings from various monitoring stations in their city, as well as the date on which the most recent reading was captured. They can also download the last 30 readings from each of the displayed ambient stations.
Prof. Michael Greenstone, one of the principle investigators in this project, said, "Residents of Maharashtra can now not just keep an eye on polluting industrial units in the state through the star rating website, but also know the quality of air they are breathing in urban centers, all on a single platform. It's an extremely progressive step and advances the transparency based program to the next level."