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V.O. Chidambaranar Port commissions truck-mounted fogging machine & ambient air quality monitoring station


On September 11, a truck-mounted fogging machine and ambient air quality monitoring station were commissioned at V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust. The ambient air quality monitoring station project was inaugurated by Mr Rinkesh Roy, IRTS, Chairman V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, and the ambient air quality monitoring station was inaugurated by Mr N. Vaiyapuri, Deputy Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, in the presence of Mr V. Vishnu, IAS, Officer on Special Duty, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust.


The truck-mounted high-pressure water mist fogging machine has been commissioned at a cost of Rs 2.16 crore. The high-pressure water mist fogging machine with effective throw of 100 metres can suppress dust evolving from cargo discharge onto stockpiles at coal yard, reclaiming from stockpiles and loading/unloading trucks. By forcing water, by means of a high pressure pump of 2.5 to 3.5 mpa (megapascal pressure unit), through specially designed air automising nozzles, fog of ultra-fine water droplets with an average size of 30 microns are created and directed at the point source of dust which rapidly suppresses the emitted dust before it can disperse.


As an enabler to monitor ambient air quality and to device effective mitigation measures, ambient air quality monitoring stations with analyser units at a total cost of Rs 3.46 crore has been installed near oil jetty, port residential complex and near Hare Island. The continuous online ambient air quality monitoring stations collect data pertaining to (particulate matter) PM 2.5 , PM 10, sulphur dioxide (SO2), oxide of nitrogen (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) in relation to the ambient air quality standards and transmit to Central Monitoring station at Administrative Building. The data will be synchronised automatically every one hour interval and average value of 24 hours will be displayed in LED units at Toll Gate (Check post I), Green Gate, Red Gate and Administrative Office (4 locations). In addition, in the near future, the data will be synchronised in real-time with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board / Central Pollution Control Board and the port’s website.


Earlier, the port had already deployed two road sweeping machines to remove dust from roads, mobile rubber tyred electrically operated hoppers to suppress dust during the grab discharge operations, wind barriers and water sprinkler systems to contain dust at coal yards. The trucks carrying bulk cargo are also covered with tarpaulin during their movement on road.


The inaugural function was graced by Mr Suresh Babu, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Mr U. Rajendran, Traffic Manager, Smt. S. Shanthi, Financial Advisor & Chief Accounts Officer, Capt. Bhabatosh Chand, Deputy Conservator, Mr Jishu Roy, Secretary, senior executives of the port and Port users, said a release.


Source : Exim News Service - Tuticorin, Sept. 13


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