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December 12, 2019

WBPCB to install sensors to detect stubble burning

WBPCB to install sensors to detect stubble burning

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) is planning to install remote sensors across the State to detect stubble burning which is a major cause of air pollution. The board will buy software for the sensors from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). WBPCB is working with IIT Delhi on this project and we will sign a MoU with the institute soon.

Two scientists from the board will be trained by IIT Delhi to work on the project, he said. The pollution watchdog has got a space near a shopping mall which is located close to a private hospital on EM Bypass in the city, where a monitoring station that will work in sync with the sensors will be set up. After getting the images of stubble burning, the state pollution control board will inform the police to take appropriate action.

The sensors will help in tracking any incident of stubble burning across Bangla and WBPCB scientists will inform the board’s top officials who will coordinate with the administration.