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‘Our air quality monitoring stations old, dilapidated’

The air quality monitoring stations used by Central Environment Authority (CEA) are decades old and are in a dilapidated condition. The two Air Monitoring Stations, the air pollution meter based in Colombo Fort to monitor local air quality and the pollution meter based in Anuradhapura for monitoring trans-boundary air quality are in poor condition, Environment and Natural Resources Ministry sources told the Daily News.

However, The CEA officers have been maintaining the pollution meters with much effort, the Daily News reliably learns.

Meanwhile, Director General of CEA Pasan Gunasena when contacted by the Daily News admitted that CEA’s air quality monitoring instruments were in a poor condition.

However, he said , they await Air Quality Monitoring Stations from India to be installed in Sri Lanka.

Gunasena said, the CEA had signed an agreement with the Indian Government regarding Air Quality Monitoring Stations about a year ago, however, the Authority has not received the instruments so far.”

“We were to receive three to four air quality monitoring instruments from the Indian Government. They were supposed to come as gifts to Sri Lanka,” he added. “These are very expensive instruments,” he said. Asked to reveal their prices, the director general said , the figures were not available with him.

Asked about the air quality in Sri Lanka, Gunasena said there are no serious damage to local air quality except from dust and diesel fume.

“This is a problem in the entire Asian region. Apart from that there are no serious damage to us from long-range trans-boundary air pollutants to our country,” he said.

 

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