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, 2015
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Pollution body CPCB in monitoring mess

Source: Hindustan Times, Date: , 2015

India’s cities may be battling high toxicity in the air, but the national pollution watchdog doesn’t seem to be putting up enough of a fight.A government audit shows the Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) did not install monitoring stations on time despite having the budget for two major air quality management programmes that could have helped the states fight rising air pollution more aggressively. The pollution watchdog received Rs 24 crore in 2010 for the two projects: the first was to develop a web-based air quality database and a decision support system for better management of air quality in urban areas; the second was to set up 30 air quality monitoring stations across eight states and in 43 critically polluted industrial clusters in 16 states.

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