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Air quality monitor site attempt to mislead: Ghaziabad residents body

IANS  |  Ghaziabad 

The Ghaziabad residents welfare associations' apex body has objected to the site for displaying the air quality monitor, alleging that the local board is trying to mislead the residents about the data.

In a letter to Ritu Maheswari, Col. Tejendra Pal (retd) said that the Board announced that the monitor showing levels of the harmful PM 2.5 (Particulate Matter of size 2.5 micrometer) will be at its Vasundhara office and based on data recorded there, but termed this an "attempt to mislead the residents since the Vasundhara office is located in safe zone where air quality is better".

The decision to install display monitors at Mohan Nagar, Extension, the Headquarters and was to display the real figures, but the body does not wants to display real figures and are trying to minimize them, he added.

If PM 2.5 is monitored at the office of the Board where the vehicular traffic is almost nil, its readings displayed there will be unrealistic, said Tyagi, adding that if PM 2.5 is monitored at busy road like the Mohan Nagar Crossing, it will be found many times over the Indian safe limit of 60 microgram per cubic metre which in itself is three times over the safe limit in the US.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 17:38 IST
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