Civil hospital to monitor air quality for 10 days

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Air monitoring is no rocket science, but we make it seem so.

An interesting story of how the Indian pollution control authorities find it difficult to monitor air quality.  When an instrument is put up on a hospital becomes important news, you know something is wrong with the monitoring ecosystem! Putting up pollution measurement instruments is not so costly and there are many options available, if the authorities were to reduce the required specifications by a little bit, many of these cheaper options become feasible.  Monitoring air quality need not be more expensive than monitoring the human body.  But by our insistence on very precise specs we are making it into an inordinately expensive activity, and out of reach of many government departments.

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