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Harmonizing air quality monitoring system in Delhi: Govt.

Harmonizing air quality monitoring system in Delhi: Govt.

Harmonizing air quality monitoring system in Delhi: Govt.

At present, air quality monitoring in Delhi is being monitored by three different agencies, viz. CPCB, DPCC and IMD to meet specific requirements of their operations. In order to provide authentic air quality information to people of Delhi, a joint meeting of MoES, MoEF & CC, CPCB, DPCC and IMD was held on 10th March 2015 chaired by Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, MoES to maximize the usage of data generated by these networks and harmonize observations, calibration, data gathering, analysis and information dissemination protocols. It was decided that all the monitoring systems will follow a uniform scientific calibration protocol and validation process.

Data for notified monitored parameters from all the monitoring stations will be seamlessly sent to CPCB for their analysis and authenticated air quality information will be communicated to DPCC on daily basis for further dissemination to public at large. MoES-IITM/IMD, based in the data, will provide air quality forecast for Delhi. A joint team drawing members from each organization will be formed to evolve Standard Operating Procedures and implement the same.

This unified system, expected to be position in maximum two weeks’ time, will ensure authentic air quality information of Delhi to public at large.

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