Rising pollution hints at post Diwali woes in Delhi

Rising pollution hints at post Diwali woes in Delhi

Rising pollution hints at post Diwali woes in Delhi

The Delhi Environment Minister, Imran Hussain contacted the Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan recently. The concern of their topic was the use of Helicopters for sprinkling water over the landscape of Delhi. The cost for the same, according to Imran Hussain, would be borne by the Delhi State Government. The letter came a day before the meeting regarding road pollution and dust was to be held in the city by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.
Road dust is known to be the most substantial contribution to air pollution, which stands at about 32%. After which, comes the vehicular pollution at 20%. According to the EPCA Chairman, the pollution needs to be curbed till 15th of March, 2018.

In their short contact, Hussain also requested the Union Environment Minister to take up this matter with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to carry out the exercise of sprinkling water over the city, through helicopters, and even airplanes. This will help settle the particulate matter, present in the city air. The funds, according to Hussain, would be borne from the Air Ambience Funds of the DPCC.

The measures are being taken to keep up with the advice given by the National Green Tribunal last year when after Diwali, thick smog and other toxic pollutants dominated the Delhi air. The ambient air quality of Delhi was checked, only after which the contact was made. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee asses the air quality of about 16 locations in Delhi, out of which 5, namely RK Puram, Mandir Marg, Civil Lines, Anand Vihar, and Punjabi Bagh are being compared to last year’s assessment. The assessment made this year, between the 17th and the 22nd of October, indicated severe air conditions in the city. On the 20th of October, the next day of Diwali, the value of 403 was indexed. Read More Interesting News

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