NGOs begin study about impact of KTPS on children

NAGPUR: New Delhi-based NGO Clean Air Asia, in association with two city-based NGOs — Center for Sustainable Development, and Swacch Association — has started to study impact of (KTPS) on people, especially children, studying or residing in Koradi.

The NGOs are also conducting a study to gauge the impact of pollution by vehicles on children in the city.

The NGOs have installed five pollution monitoring sensors, of which three are at Modern School, Koradi, and two at St Ursula’s Girls High School, .

Director of Clean Air Asia, India unit, Prarthana Borah told TOI the main objective behind the study was to spread awareness among children, parents and teachers about levels of pollution, and its impact, and also to give solutions.

“We have chosen a school situated close to the power plant. It will help in confirming source and extent of pollution. The second school has a playground near a parking area. It will help us to explain level of pollution due to idling vehicles and its impact on children,” she said.

Borah added children are most affected by pollution due to their low height, growing stage of lungs, and maximum time spent outside. “Results of (WHO) show how pressing the issue is, as 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day. Also, children are our future generations, so their inclusion in discussion on pollution is crucial,” she said.

Borah also said results of the study will be handed over to the concerned authorities for awareness and mitigation measures. “We will try our best to give measures to the schools and parents,” she said.

Leena Budhe of Center for Sustainable Development said monitoring of pollution levels through sensors will be done for three months. “We will also conduct health check ups of all students at the two schools after completion of monitoring of pollution level,” she said.

Budhe said a comparison will also be drawn between pollution level near KTPS and in city. “Study can be an eye opener for those living near Koradi,” she said.

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