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MP drug makers to install PNG run boilers to improve air quality of Indore

Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai
Friday, January 14, 2022, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

In a bid to improve air quality of Indore, which is the industrial hub of Madhya Pradesh, the city administration has urged drug manufacturers to install piped natural gas (PNG) run boilers at their units.

Currently, drug units mostly located in Indore and its surrounding have diesel fired steam boilers and coal fired steam boilers, one of main contributors to air pollution.

Taking serious note of this, Rishabh Gupta, chief executive officer, Indore Smart City on January 11, 2022 held a meeting with Madhya Pradesh Small Scale Drug Manufacturers Association (MPSDMA) and appealed to members of the association to switch from diesel and coal fired steam boiler to PNG run boiler to make the city greener.  

PNG is mainly methane – CH4 with a very small percentage of other higher hydrocarbons like ethane, propane, butane and pentane. The ratio of carbon to hydrogen is least in methane and hence it burns upto 95 per cent making it the cleanest burning fuel.

The industry body has assured him of converting their traditional fuel run boilers upto 100 KW to PNG run boilers.

Gupta assured the drug manufacturers of looking into issues faced by them after installation of PNG run boilers.

Said Amit Chawla, secretary, MPSDMA, “We have a meeting with Rishabh Gupta, SK Jain, scientist, state pollution control board, officials from Indore Municipal Corporation and Avantika Gas, supplier of PNG about installation of PNG run boilers at drug units to improve the air quality of the city. The members of our association have agreed to switch to PNG run boilers from traditional fuel run boilers to make the city greener.”

Indore Municipal Corporation has set a target of bringing the city’s air quality index (AQI) below 50.

As part of ongoing clean air initiative, the municipal corporation is planning to install air-pollution sensors at 19 junctions in the city for real-time monitoring of air quality and effectiveness of measures planned to curb air pollution. This project will be taken up by IMC, traffic police, pollution control board under smart city initiative.

 

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