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Mandi Gobindgarh steel rolling mills main culprits of air pollution in Punjab

Steel News - Published on Tue, 17 May 2016

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Economic Times recently reported that according a study on air pollution by Dr Shalini Gupta of Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, the second biggest industrial town in Punjab and 22nd on the most polluted list of World Health Organization, furnaces and steel rolling mills that are the main culprits of air pollution in addition to vehicular density due to industrialization and lack of proper infrastructure such as good roads, green belts and buffer zones

As per study "Traffic congestion is yet another problem leading to high vehicular emissions in Mandi Gobindgarh. Due to heavy construction work going on in the town, the average speed on NH-1 for vehicles within 8-10 km of the town ranged from 20 to 30 km/hr.”

It said "The most damaging air quality measured by Punjab Pollution Control Board was of respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) 2.5. However, PPCB did not have instruments to measure at Nano level. Pollution check was carried out at only three points while area affected was entire town and surrounding villages.”

As a possible solution to the problem, experts have suggested large scale reductions of tailpipe pollution and CO2 with a shift away from conventional fuels. About a decade back, most of the industry switched to coal from oil and this has made matters worse.

The high density with nearly 400 units in a small area has not helped the cause either. The large number of trucks entering the town also raise a lot of dust since the concrete work on various roads was not complete and the vehicles moved on unmetalled tracks.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 17 May 2016
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