DPCC, IIT-Kanpur ink MoU for clean air

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DPCC, IIT-Kanpur ink MoU for clean air

Saturday, 23 October 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

As the data plays a pivotal role in analysing air pollution in the city, the Delhi Government’s environment wing – Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) Friday signed a MoU with IIT-Kanpur to understand pollutants on a real-time basis; moreover, with this, the national Capital has become the first State to implement an advanced technology.

With the signing of the MoU, the Delhi Government will work with IIT-Kanpur professors and scientists on a project titled ‘Real-Time Source Apportionment and Forecasting for Advance Air Pollution Management in Delhi.’

Pitching their fight against pollution, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said, “We are thrilled to sign this MoU.”

Reena Gupta from the Dialogue & Development Commission of Delhi said, “We are collaborating with the best minds in the world to solve the air pollution crisis of Delhi.”

According to senior officials in the environment division, the technology to carry out real-time source apportionment of pollution has not been implemented in any other city in the country. Weekly, monthly, and seasonal interpretation of air quality will take place, along with additional knowledge of PAHs, molecular markers, and secondary organic and inorganic aerosols.

“State-of-the-art supersites capable of monitoring NOx, SO2, Ozone, BTX, elemental carbon, organic carbon, and other organic compounds will take place. There will also be a mobile van that will be stationed at various locations in Delhi in order to identify various sources of pollution in different localities of Delhi,” the Delhi Government said.

The project will help identify the factors responsible for the spike in air pollution at any spot in Delhi. It will help understand the real-time impact of various pollution sources like vehicles, dust, biomass burning, stubble burning, and emissions from industries. Based on the results obtained, the Delhi Government will be able to take the necessary actions to curb the sources of pollution.

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