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Install new air quality monitoring stations on time: Environment Minister

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday directed officials to complete the installation of 20 new air quality monitoring stations so that air quality could be efficiently measured during the Diwali festival and winter season.
The minister gave the direction in a meeting with the senior officials of the department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). Hussain said that the proposed network should strengthen the ability to assess the ambient air quality from macro to micro level.
The installation of these 20 stations will increase the total number of air quality monitoring stations managed by the DPCC to 26. Data generated by these stations will enable the Delhi government to identify the problem areas and impacts due to air pollution, and also help in tackling the problem more efficiently.
Data generated will also be useful for health impact studies of air pollution for better scientific evaluation and conclusions.
Hussain said that display boards provided with the new stations will enable general public to access real time pollution levels.
The minister emphasised the importance of this network, particularly during the winter season and festive season including Deewali when there is change in air condition.
He directed the DPCC officers and suppliers to complete the work in specified time frame as committed in graded response action plan for Delhi approved by the Supreme Court. He also visited one site located at Shaheed Sukhdev College of business studies in Rohini, Sector-16 to see the installation of air pollution analyzers.