the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
Under the ‘Cleaner Air and Better Health’ (CABH) project supported by USAID, Signature Global (India) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) has announced the deployment of a first-of-its-kind air quality monitoring network in Gurugram. The network comprises of 9 air quality monitors and one automatic weather station, the data which will be available to project developers and the research team through a dashboard that will capture pollution concentrations during different on-site construction activities. The network will strengthen regulation of pollution activities on construction sites and promote clean construction practices.

Said Pradeep Aggarwal, Founder & Chairman, Signature Global, “The government has had to impose occasional blanket bans on construction activities every year in a bid to reduce air pollution. These bans, in turn, have led to project delays and impacted all stakeholders, including homebuyers, investors, and developers. We have partnered with CEEW to explore innovative ways to mitigate air pollution on construction sites and embrace cleaner construction practices. We hope that this pilot sets a new precedent for clean and green construction practices and encourages other real estate developers to follow suit.”

Commented Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, CEEW, “In India’s rapidly expanding urbanscape, construction and demolition activities are a huge source of air pollution. A construction site, by virtue of its proximity to living spaces, exposes residents to dust and pollution. Monitoring air quality around construction sites and introducing protocols that promote self-regulation by the industry and demonstrating best practices are important steps for mitigating dust and pollution.”

Under the MoU, Signature Global and CEEW will collaborate on finding solutions to reduce air pollution from construction activities under the CABH project. The CABH project aims to mitigate the impacts of air pollution in India by working on different approaches to reduce exposure, empower communities by driving awareness, and take preventive actions, through research and interventions on ground.

Recently, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board issued a public notice directing all project sites of more than 500 sqm to install reliable PM2.5 and PM10 sensors to measure microscopic fractions of particulate matter or PM (a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets) in the air, which cause serious health problems when inhaled.