Nothing To Worry About Kolkata’s Air Pollution: Mayor

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Kolkata: Kolkata Mayor and state Environment minister Sovan Chatterjee said on Friday that nothing is worry about Kolkata’s air pollution. Mayor said just after the air quality index monitor at the US consulate in Kolkata signalled that the PM 2.5 count in the Park Street area was the worst in the world.

He also said that air quality in the city is far better than that of Delhi and brushed aside reports in a section of media that had claimed that on certain days from January 1 to 15, air quality in the city was worse than that of the capital.

“We are not saying there is no (air) pollution but the way it is being projected is not right. If you say Kolkata is the most polluted city in the world, it is not like that,” he said. The chief of the state pollution control board, Dr Kalyan Rudra, was also present at the press meet but he did not make a remark in this regard.

Later, when he was asked if he would advise Kolkatans to wear pollution masks, he avoided a direct reply, and said, “During the three winter months of the year, Kolkata fails to comply with PM2.5 levels. So we suggest don’t go for morning walks. Go in the evenings instead.” The mayor also hinted at a motive behind the timing of the press reports about high levels of PM2.5 in the air in Kolkata air.

“There is a stark difference in figures of particulate pollutant matter (PM) 2.5 and Air Quality Index (AQI) of the American Consulate on Ho Chi Minh Sarani and that of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB). We have done our measurement at four places in the city and one or two places in Howrah, from which we have found that Kolkata’s air quality is far better than that of Delhi,” Sovan said.

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