KOLKATA, 3 NOV: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) would be deploying its mobile van at various parts of the city to monitor the extent of deterioration in the air quality due to the use of firecrackers on Diwali.
The mobile van would go around different places, specially the city hospitals, on 5 November. The additional chief secretary of the state department of environment and the chairman of the WBPCB would flag off the mobile van from the Bidhan Chandra Sishu Hospital in Salt Lake.
During the Kali puja, teams of technical officers from the regional and the headquarters of the WBPCB would conduct surprise checks throughout the state to monitor noise pollution and address public grievances.
The control room set up by the WBPCB would be functional from 4-6 November from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. during Kali Puja in the headquarters as well as in the regional offices of the WBPCB. The control room numbers are 23358212, 23353913 and the toll free number is 18003453390.
“The officials of the Kolkata Port Trust have assured us that they will extend all possible help to clean the river after the immersion,” said Mr Biswajit Mukherjee, chief law officer of the WBPCB.
The board will also monitor the cleaning of the river after the immersion of the idols.
The police have been requested to ensure that firecrackers are not used during the Chhat puja, he added.
The state board monitors water quality at different points of the river like Ganga, Churni and Ichhamati and this year it was found that the rate of deterioration of the water quality of the river after Durga Puja immersion was quite less.