Nepal | September 30, 2020

Technical glitches hit air monitoring stations

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Department of EnvironmentKathmandu, August 11

Operation of air quality monitoring stations in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Dhulikhel has been delayed due to technical problems.

Although it takes a maximum of two or three days to operate stations after installation, the Department of Environment has not met with success despite efforts for the last three weeks.

According to the department, the stations at Ratnapark and Dhulikhel had been installed two weeks ago but software failure and technical problems had delayed their operation.

“Software failure has delayed operation of the station at Ratnapark,” said Shankar Prasad Paudel, senior divisional chemist at the department. “As technical problems have been reported in Dhulikhel also, it would take about a week to operate the stations.”

Paudel said they were in the process of placing container at the Lalitpur-based station. The Department of Environment had begun installation of air quality monitoring stations at the three places from July 24 last month.

Paudel informed that the pollution data will be stored on the government’s website www.pollution.gov.np. Once the stations come into operation, they will monitor dust particles and four types of air pollutant gases and send the data to the central sever.

The data will also be forwarded to National Information Technology Center and the website of Department of Environment.

Though the practice of monitoring air quality in Nepal had begun in 2002, no monitoring station was functional since 2009.

According to Director General at DoE Ganesh Kumar Shrestha additional six stations will be installed in Khumaltar, Machchhegaun, Teku, Bhaktapur, Chandragiri and Kapan.


A version of this article appears in print on August 12, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Two more Covid-19 related fatalities reported in Banke

RANJHA: Two more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in Banke district on Tuesday. According to Naresh Shrestha, corona resource person at District Health Office, Banke, a 41-year-old man of Ranitalau in Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City-7, and a 53-year-old man of Kohalpur Municipality-10 Read More...

Nepal's coronavirus cases top 75,000 on Tuesday with 1513 infections

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s coronavirus tally moved to 76,258 as 1,513 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours. Read Also: Kathmandu valley registers record-high 934 single-day coronavirus cases As many as 731 people that had earlier contracted Covid-19 tested negative for the infection as Read More...

Ten Covid-19 fatalities recorded, death-toll inches closer closer to 500

KATHMANDU: Ten people passed away from Covid-19 related complications in the last 24 hours, with which the nationwide death-toll has moved to 491. Three women and seven men lost their lives due to this infection, the Health Ministry’s latest update showed. Read Also: Kathmandu valley registe Read More...

Kathmandu valley registers record-high 934 single-day coronavirus cases

KATHMANDU: The number of single-day coronavirus infections detected in the three districts of Kathmandu valley exceeded 900 for the first time on Tuesday. As many as 934 cases surfaced in the valley in the last 24 hours, of which a majority 747 infections were registered in the capital alone. Read More...

Nepal to receive 25 mln Russian Covid-19 vaccine doses

KATHMANDU: Russia is set to supply 25 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund on Tuesday said that it will supply the Russian Sputnik V vaccine through Trinity Pharmaceuticals based in Nepal. The pres Read More...

Liverpool's Klopp bristles at Keane's "sloppy" criticism

LONDON: Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp hit back at television pundit and former Manchester United captain Roy Keane on Monday after the Irishman described the Premier League champions' defending in a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Monday as "sloppy". Liverpool have won all three of their league games s Read More...

Djokovic seeks French Open redemption after New York fiasco

PARIS: Three weeks after an acrimonious exit at the US Open, world number one Novak Djokovic will resume his pursuit of an 18th Grand Slam title when he takes on Sweden's Mikael Ymer in the first round at the French Open on Tuesday. The Serbian had started as a heavy favourite to win the title at Read More...

Youth held for raping minor in Rautahat

RAUTAHAT: A youth has been arrested on the charges of raping a 15-year-old girl in Rauthat, on Monday night. The victim's father filed a first incident report (FIR) against 35-year-old Indal Das at a nearby police station. Subsequently, the accused was apprehended from his house around mid-night Read More...