'Air quality of Kohima & Dimapur city placed under non-attainment cities' – Morung Express

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'Air quality of Kohima & Dimapur city placed under non-attainment cities' - Morung Express


National Clean Air programme held at Don Bosco School Dimapur on April 10. (DIPR Photo)

Dimapur, April 10 (MExN): Under the theme ‘awareness and capacity building,’ the National Clean Air programme was held at Don Bosco School Dimapur on April 10.

A DIPR report stated that Scientist ‘B’ Nagaland Pollution Control Board (NPCB), Yanathhung Kithan presented a PowerPoint where he highlighted that the annual average concentration of RSPM which the Government has set is 60, where below 60 shows the air quality is good. “But as for Dimapur city, the Consecutive years from 2019-2022 have shown 79, 78, 99, and 97 which is increasing. While RSPM for Kohima from 2019-2022 has shown 91, 89, 77, and 72 which shows an improvement,” he said.

The air quality of Kohima and Dimapur city has been placed under non-attainment cities with respect to particulate matter (PM10), which shows a serious concern, he added.

He further pointed out that under National Green Tribunal Order it is directed to impose a penalty to violators, concessioner, ULB, and any person or body responsible for such burning shall be liable to pay environmental compensation of Rs 5000, in case of simple burning, while Rs 25,000 in case of bulk burning. He informed that the Central Government launched National Clean Air Programme (NACP) as a long-term, time-bound, National level strategy to achieve the targets and it has aimed at a 40% reduction in particulate matter by 2026.

He also highlighted the health impacts of air pollution which has caused Asthma, Cardiovascular, Lung Cancer, Diabetes, and Child Development. “The overall pollution-related deaths were also the highest in India which includes water, lead, and occupation-related pollution,” he stated. 

Yanthan urged all the individuals, local bodies, Gram panchayat, and village councils to ensure that the open burning of plastic waste does not take place. “Air Pollution is affecting people throughout their lifetime and it’s the sole responsibility of not only one department but the whole community and individual to come together to improve the quality of our environment,” he added.

He mentioned that under the National Air Monitoring programme, Nagaland has 11 manual monitoring stations and 1 CAAQMS station – 7 manual stations at Dimapur in Bank Colony, NPCB Office, Viola Colony, Tenyiphe-II Chümoukedima, Burma camp, Dhobinala, Kuda-C, Nagarjan. Kohima has four manual Monitoring Stations opposite NST Office, PWD Junction, High School Junction, Upper Midland.  While as of Waste Management Scenario in Nagaland, there is only one scientific treatment plant at Kohima having 50 TPD Capacity funded under the ADB-assisted NE Region Urban Development Programme funded through the MoHUA. 

The keynote address was presented by EAC Dimapur, Imlijungla Lemtur. A vote of thanks was delivered by SDO(C) Dimapur, L. Samuel, NCS. 



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