Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) monitors air quality in Uttar Pradesh through its subsidiary body, ie State Pollution Control Board (SPCB). It has installed continuous air quality monitoring stations in only 7 cities of the state. Though, there are manual stations installed by the same agency in other cities of the state, but the data driven by such manual stations are neither live nor easy to access. This is highly discriminatory as in compared to UP, New Delhi has 40+ monitoring stations. Higher number of monitoring stations leads us to become aware and informed citizens. It helps citizens know their certain Do's and Dont's. But, a state which is manifold larger than New Delhi has just 7 continuous monitoring stations. It makes us citizens of Uttar Pradesh feel like second class citizens.
This fact had motivated TCA one and a half years ago to explore the possibility of installing low cost monitoring devices across Uttar Pradesh. We have so far successfully installed 45 devices in 45 districts of the state. Our team of technical campaigners regularly release the data observed from these devices. Last year the data was compiled from all 45 locations in a report named Air Kills which was launched from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
These devices not only emit live data and health advisory but also push the local citizens to ask the state government to accept TCA's demand of Universal Air Quality Monitoring System.
TCA is actively engaged with the decision makers and the political parties in Uttar Pradesh so that the demand of Universal Air Quality Monitoring and Data Dissemination along with health advisory be accepted and implemented.
While the devices are well installed at all 45 locations which were managed through civil society organizations, TCA needs funding support now to continue the monitoring work for next one year starting from 1st April 2019 till 31st March 2020.
40 percent of the required amount will be spent on the device maintenance (internet and electricity expenses), 30 percent will be spent on data and health advisory dissemination through media, social media and report publication. Rest 30 percent will be used to provide salaries to the human resources involved in the task.