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To curb Delhi air pollution, fire department starts sprinkling water at 13 pollution hotspots

To curb the rising air air pollution in nationwide capital Delhi, the Delhi Fireplace Providers (DFS) Monday began sprinkling water at 13 hotspots, officers mentioned.

The recognized air pollution hotspots are Narela, Bawana, Mundka, Wazirpur, Rohini, RK Puram, Okhla, Jahangirpuri, Anand Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Mayapuri and Dwarka, DFS Director Atul Garg mentioned.

He additional mentioned these hotspots had been recognized primarily based on the annual common concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 in these areas.

“Sprinkling water in these 13 locations will help settle down dust,” he mentioned, including {that a} complete of 12 fireplace tenders had been pressed into service for the aim which already began spraying water from Sunday.

On Monday, Delhi’s air high quality index, or AQI, was recorded at 423 (‘severe’) at 4 pm.

The 24-hour common AQI, recorded at 4 pm day-after-day by the Central Air pollution Management Board, worsened from 415 on Saturday to 454 on Sunday, prompting the Centre to implement all emergency measures mandated below the ultimate Stage IV of its air air pollution management plan referred to as the Graded Response Motion Plan (GRAP).

On Monday, Delhi Atmosphere Minister Gopal Rai introduced odd-even automotive rationing scheme which might be enforced within the capital from November 13 to twenty as a measure to fight air air pollution.

Rai additionally mentioned to safeguard the well being of schoolchildren, the federal government has determined to droop in-person courses in all colleges, besides for college kids in grades 10 and 12 making ready for board exams.

“The odd-even scheme will come into effect in Delhi after Diwali, running from November 13 to November 20. A decision to extend the scheme will be made after November 20,” the minister mentioned at a press meet.

He mentioned the main points of the odd-even scheme, together with exemptions, might be labored out quickly in session with the transport division.

Launched in 2016, the odd-even automotive rationing scheme permits automobiles to function on alternate days primarily based on their odd and even quantity plates. The enforcement subsequent week would mark the fourth time that the Delhi authorities will implement this scheme to deal with air air pollution within the metropolis.

In the meantime, below the Centre’s air air pollution management plan, all emergency measures, together with a ban on polluting vehicles, business four-wheelers, and all kinds of building, are mandated to be initiated and enforced within the Nationwide Capital Area if the AQI crosses the 450-mark.

With inputs from PTI



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