NEW DELHI: Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai on Thursday inaugurated a ‘war room’ at the Delhi Secretariat to monitor air pollution in the capital. Apart from local sources of pollution, the war room will also monitor the impact of stubble burning in neighbouring states on Delhi’s air, officials said.
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Rai said the ‘war room’ was launched to monitor efforts to contain pollution, fumes and dust levels in Delhi’s pollution hotspots. “It will be equipped with high-end technology, which will allow the government to monitor real-time pollution data, hotspot conditions and Nasa-Isro images of stubble burning. A 10-member expert team comprising officials from Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the state environment department will also be operating from the war room under senior scientists Mohan George and BL Chawla,” he added.
“To combat the air pollution in Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday had launched the ‘Yuddh Pradushan Ke Virudh’ campaign. This fight will not be possible without the support of every agency, and therefore, we have set up and launched a centralised war room today at the Delhi Secretariat,” said Rai.
“Three large LCD screens are present across the room. Real-time pollution data, which includes air quality and data of PM 2.5 and PM 10; oxides of sulphur and nitrogen; ozone and wind speed, will be displayed on one of the screens. Through another screen, we will monitor the situation of Delhi’s 13 hotspots. Through a third screen, we will monitor Nasa and Isro pictures on the stubble burning taking place in the neighbouring states,” the minister added.
Complaints against air pollution, meanwhile, will be tracked through ‘Green Delhi’ app, which is to be launched by the chief minister in the coming days.
“We will monitor the complaints and implement strict actions. Through GPS, we will also monitor activities like road sweeping and the water sprinkling work being done by MCD. Daily reports will be sent to the CM, me and the environment secretary,” Rai said.