Air pollution is growing alarmingly in Jamshedpur

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Air pollution is growing alarmingly in Jamshedpur

CEED urges the government to prepare Clean Air Action Plan for Jamshedpur

13 August 2019, Jamshedpur: Center for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) organized Stakeholder awareness and sensitization workshop on ‘Air Quality Crisis and Public Health impacts” in the city today to discuss the various strategies for air quality management and public health protection. The workshop, which was an attempt to create awareness among stakeholder, also discusses policy, regulatory and technological interventions to reduce rising pollution. The experts from the workshop recommended for a regional approach to control air pollution and urged government to prepare city specific Clean Air Action Plan.

The toxic air of Jamshedpur is taking away more than 4.3 years from the life of an average resident who is exposed to it for a sustained period in year 2016, calculated from the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) developed by the University of Chicago’s Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, Michael Greenstone at the university’s Energy Policy Institute (EPIC).

While highlighting the air quality of Jamshedpur, Ms Ankita Jyoti, Senior Program Officer of CEED said that air pollution is at worrying level in city.  The air quality of city is hovering above the national level and immediate action required not to let it slip further. Health and lives of our people are at stake, 100 deaths per 1 lakh of population in state occurred due to air pollution in year 2016.

Elaborating more on the Jamshedpur situation she said, Jamshedpur has been seeing serious levels of air pollution for the last six years (based on the data available on Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) website. The annual average concentration of PM10 in Jamshedpur in year 2017 was 131µg/m³, which is 2 times more than the National Safe limit and 6 times above WHO safe limit. The PM10 concentration noted in year 2012 in the city was 150 μg/m3, 116 μg/m3 in 2013, 134 μg/m3 (2015) and 136 μg/m3 in 2016. Further she said, the main sources contributing towards pollution in 2018 are from transport, emission from industries, dust from construction activities and re-suspension, open waste burning, diesel generator and brick kilns.

Ms. Jyoti urged the government to address this grave environmental concern by formulating Clean Air Action Plan. The Clean Air Action Plan, like any other enforcement framework should have a set of action priorities as per the emission source, recognized regulations, and management measures for the mitigation of air pollution; along with institutional arrangement, she concluded.

The workshop has witnessed a versed discussion by bringing together representatives from media, academicians and civil society to share knowledge and mobilize action for cleaner air and better health. It has been co-organized with the help of local partner Social Samvad.

CEED urges the state government to formulate a Clean Air Action Plan for the

State of Jharkhand with watertight policies and well defined targets.

For more information, please contact:

1) Ankita Jyoti, Ph No. +91 7858864847

2) Munna Kumar Jha, Ph No.  +91 9570099300

Note to Editor: Particulate matter (PM10) concentration based on Central Pollution Control Board National Monitoring Program

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Cities

PM10 (μg/m3

PM10 (μg/m3)

PM10 (μg/m3)

PM10 (μg/m3)

PM10 (μg/m3)

PM10 (μg/m3)

Jamshedpur

150

116

NA

134

136

131