The Motor Traffic Department granted a Mobile Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Unit to the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) last Thursday to keep a tab on atmospheric pollution.
The financial provisions for the mobile unit was provided under the Vehicular Emission Test Trust Fund, and it was received by CEA Chairman Wimal Rubasinghe from Motor Traffic Commissioner General S. H. Harishchandra at a ceremony held with the patronage of Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha at the Ministry premises.
The facility can be moved to various areas of the province, fulfilling temporary monitoring needs. The mobile unit can measure a range of pollutants in ambient air including sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and Ozone.
It can also measure weather parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind velocity and direction.
The CEA spokesman said it would utilize the unit initially to monitor air quality in crowded cities in Sri Lanka. He expressed that the new unit would benefit the people by detecting air pollution, and thus helping for decision-making to manage air quality in the country. The CEA initiated air quality monitoring in 1996 in Sri Lanka.