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Delhi To Get A Pollution Warning System By Month End That'll Predict Air Quality 2 Days In Advance

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The only thing that we really hate about Delhi is the pollution that is somehow always at alarming levels! And it’s a cause of concern for sure, as our health is at stake! And in such a scenario, the Delhi Government has come up with a plan to track the pollution levels in the city. Keep reading for all the deets!

What’s Going On? | In a bid to be better prepared for sudden air pollution level hikes, especially during winters, the Delhi Government has planned to install an early warning system that can predict pollution levels at least two days in advance. This system is likely to be installed by the end of October. Good!

This early pollution warning system will source data from 36 monitoring stations across Delhi, run by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and will be fed real-time information from NASA satellites. That’s interesting! This system will not only help us Delhizens prepare better for days when pollution levels are high, but will also help in executing the Graded Response Action Plan, which was implemented earlier this year.

So here’s how this system is gonna work - all the real-time information from satellites on sources of pollution, like stubble burning or dust storms, will be fed into this system, along with the daily meteorological data and data on air quality from different monitoring stations across the city. With all this information, the system will then be able to tell us about the pollution levels for the next 48 hours in Delhi.

The prediction mechanism used in Delhi currently, called Safar, is hardly enough to give an accurate forecast of what the pollution levels are likely to stand at one or two days in advance.

This early warning system will further be developed over a period of two years, to address the city’s needs. Till then, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that this newbie system is able to help authorities track and tackle the menace of pollution in the city!

Sourced Via Hindustan Times

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