Bahrain plans e-pollution monitoring system
Manama, October 29, 2011
A project said to be the world's first country-wide online pollution monitoring system will be fully up and running in Baharain within a year, said a senior government official.
It involves setting up microprocessor-based devices at companies, to convey real time emission readings to a Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife control room.
The system was launched in January after being successfully tested at two major companies.
It will eventually be rolled out to around 65 companies, but firms have been given more time to comply with the requirements, said commission director-general Dr Adel Al Zayani.
He revealed four major companies had already signed up.
'With this, we will know exactly how much each company is polluting and whether those levels are within limits,' said Dr Al Zayani on the sidelines of an event to officially inaugurate a new meteorological radar system at the Civil Aviation Affairs Meteorological Directorate headquarters in Muharraq.
'We have given a time frame to the companies to comply with the requirements and they have said they would be ready within the next few months.
'These companies will then be continuously monitored and they will be told if they are exceeding the pollution levels.
'They will then be required to correct their position failing which they will be taken to court to face legal action.'
The project was launched at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa under the patronage of and attended by His Majesty King Hamad's personal representative and commission chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Dr Al Zayani earlier said a secure database had been created to manage all information and the commission would receive new data every 15 minutes.
Another project to study the impact of air and water pollution was also launched at the event.
The results will be presented to Shaikh Abdulla and be made available to planners to use it in the strategic master planning for Bahrain's Economic Vision 2030.-TradeArabia News Service