As a significant step to tackle air pollution conundrum in the national capital, Gopal Rai, Delhi Environment Minister, launched a war room to monitor air pollution levels on a real-time basis and stubble burning in the neighbouring states on October 8. An expert team consisting of 10 members led by two senior scientists of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) will operate the war room.
The minister, while speaking at the Delhi Secretariat, informed that the room is equipped with advanced technology and has three large screens to display concentrations of various pollutants, the status of 13 air pollution hotspots in the city, and satellite images from NASA and ISRO for monitoring stubble burning.
Besides this, the war room will monitor complaints lodged by the people through the Green Delhi application, which is to be launched by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the coming days. Strict actions will be taken against those found violating the pollution norms. Moreover, active monitoring will be done the sweeping and sprinkling done by MCDs through GPS and daily reports of the same will be filed in the CM’s office, Environment Minister’s office and, and the Environment Secretary’s office, added the minister.