Kochi is all set to welcome the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Jawarharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi is one of the venues of the tournament, which will host eight matches.
The state government has taken temporary measures to reduce the air pollution in and around the stadium following the FIFA guidelines, to ensure a pollution-free environment for the players, reports Sudha Nambudiri from the Times of India.
A temporary air monitoring facility will be put up by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board inside the stadium by the end of September to monitor the pollution in the area.
Trials will begin from September 28 and a team will be on duty round the clock.
A mini laboratory, three high-volume samplers for dust monitoring, and an equipment for checking gases like ammonia and sulphur dioxide will also be set up for onsite analysis.
The ToI report quotes the Board’s chairman K Sajeevan, saying, “We are setting up three monitoring stations and two display units which will show the air quality for all to see. A control room is also being set up for the purpose. The pollution levels will be displayed real-time. Any changes will be addressed and possible measures will be taken immediately.”
The Board’s move follows the Union Sports Ministry and the Central Pollution Board’s directions to ensure adequate air quality at the stadium.
Regional Chief Environment Engineer MA Baiju told the newspaper, “The Regional Transport Office should make arrangements to minimize vehicles idling in the area.”
The Board has also directed the Kochi Corporation and the Greater Cochin Development Authority to take precautions to curb pollution in the area around the stadium.