West Bengal [WBPSC] Current Affairs - 2019

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12 July: ‘Save Water Day’ observed by West Bengal government

On 12 July 2019, West Bengal government observed Save Water Day across the state to spread the message of water conservation. This is the 1st time the day was observed. From now onwards it will be observed in state each year to create awareness among people to check misuse of water.

About ‘Save Water Day

On occasion of day West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and eminent persons of different fields including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities, school students took part in Padayatra in Kolkata.

It was also observed in Districts and Blocks of State.

Padayatra: was undertaken in Kolkata which began from Jorashanko Thakurbari and ended at base of Gandhi Statue in city. All present took pledge for conservation of water was also taken on occasion.

On occasion of day Chief Minister urged prople to-

  • Save water and save life.
  • Come forward for joining such social programme
  • Take precautionary measures to save natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in world.

Steps Taken for Water Conservation in State

Since 2011, programme of digging ponds is being undertaken throughout state for conservation of water. About 3 lakhs ponds have been dug till now to deal with water scarcity.

State has water conservation programme: Jal dharo Jal bharo (Collect water, store water). To prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity, many check dams have been constructed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated.

From now on state government would observe a Student Day to disseminate message of conservoing water in every sphere of society.

Indian Army installs Air Quality Monitor at Fort Williams

The Indian Army has commissioned a “Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System” (CAAQMS) at its Eastern Command headquarters in Fort William Military Station, Kolkata in West Bengal. The commission of air quality monitor is part of Army’s countrywide ‘Go Green’ initiative, which was started in April 2019.

Key Features of The CAAQMS

  • It will monitor air pollution of city on real time basis and its readings will be considered a benchmark of quality. This recent installation will be sixth CAAQMS facility in Kolkata.
  • Measures: The CAAQMS installed at William Military station will measure air pollution continuously throughout the year. It includes measuring pollutants like SO2, NO, NO2, NH3, CO, O3, VOC and particulate matters (PM 10 and PM 2.5). It will also display relative humidity, ambient temperature, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure and rain gauge.
  • Usage: The data so collected can be remotely monitored on internet and can also be published into various desired formats for public awareness. The CAAQMS data can also be used by West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) or any other local or international weather monitoring bodies.
  • Significance: The installation of CAAQMS is special because it will act as the ‘control station’ (i.e. it will monitor air quality at an ideal situation) and its readings will be considered a benchmark of quality.