The World Bank has decided to install three continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations to ascertain the impact of the construction of the roads under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). MMRDA and MPCB will carry out the installation process of the ambient air quality monitoring stations. The MMRDA is in the process of constructing the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) and Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) under the MUTP. While the work for the SCLR is yet to gather momentum, the JVLR work is nearing completion. Once the 10.46-km-long JVLR is functional, vehicular population in the area is set to rise. However, since there will be reduction in traffic congestion, officials feel that this will also reduce vehicular pollution. To ascertain the impact of the projects, World Bank team had emphasized the need for augmenting the ambient air quality monitoring network. In a joint meeting of the bank officials, the MMRDA and the MPCB, it was decided that bank will bear 80% cost of the stations; whereas the MPCB will contribute the rest. Once the MMRDA allots the land, the installment of the stations would begin. Ajaz Khan – NMTV News.
July 17, 2009