Delhi-NCR air pollution monitoring gets boost with new Decision Support System

The DSS is anticipated will assist to make critical policyblevel interventions to handle emission

The Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh has lately  launched a Decision Support System (DSS) combined with the Air Quality Early Warning System for better air quality administration in Delhi-NCR.

The new system was developed by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune, after scientists at the Commission for Air Quality Management had said Delhi-NCR needed such a system.

The commission has recently reviewed the system and gave its in-principle approval to the DSS as well as a separate website has also been launched for the DSS.

The web portal of the system also displays how emissions from Delhi-NCR and its 19 surrounding districts contributed to the National Capital’s air quality index.

The system also shows how different sectors of the Delhi including industry, transport, construction, road dust, biomass burning, waste burning, and residential sources has contributed to the emission.

The 19 districts from which the portal is mapping tha data include Karnal, Jind, Rohtak, Bharatpur, Panipat, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Alwar, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, and Meerut.

The DSS is anticipated will  assist to make critical policyblevel interventions to handle emission.

The web portal can create scenarios and determine how air pollution rate would be affected if emissions from these sectors were reduced.

Delhi has historically battleed with poor air quality, especially during the winter season, as smoke from burning stalks in neighbouring states including Haryana and Punjab reaches the country's capital and chokes the people. 

Even the visibility also declines enormously during this period because of  the higher pollutants in the air.

The national capital consistently ranks near the top in lists for most-polluted cities.

The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has even urged the public to not use their vehicles for one day of the week and has even installed air purifier at Connaught Place to reduce the air pollution.

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