In view of a recent report of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) that found air pollution in major Uttar Pradesh cities to be 'severe', state authorities will now identify pollution hotspots in major cities, including Lucknow, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Noida, Prayagraj, Varanasi and Agra. As per experts, construction work and vehicular emissions are the major sources of air pollution in big cities.

Plans for streamlined initiatives after evaluation of pollution levels

The recently conducted study by CPCB observed that the air quality in prominent cities of Uttar Pradesh was 'severe'. According to experts, construction work and vehicular emissions are the major sources of air pollution in big cities.

V.K. Singh, senior environmental engineer, UPPCB, said, "Our teams will work with local traffic department to identify crossings or certain sections of road where the air pollution levels are recorded higher than other places. If needed, we will divide the city into grids and work to identify the grids with higher air pollution. The focus will be on identifying areas with higher air pollution and permanent source of pollution which causes it."

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The officer further informed that specific measures shall be worked upon to eradicate pollution once the two above-mentioned components are recognised. In this direction, the department shall deploy plans in coordination with the concerned authorities. Slated to start by the end of March, the assessment for the same is expected to be completed within a month. In order to upgrade the data records, a similar survey has also been proposed for the winter months. Changing over different periods of time, the effects of pollution need to be analysed from various angles.

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