The center on Tuesday expanded the capacity of the existing Air Quality Early Warning System (AQEWS) to have the decision-making power to manage air quality in the Delhi-NCR region. Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), an independent institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, had developed a new Decision Support System (DSS) and expanded the decision-making capacity of the existing air quality early warning system. – Air Quality Management Capacity Building in Delhi – NCR.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences said in a statement that a website dedicated to providing quantitative information on the contribution of emissions from Delhi and the surrounding 19 regions to air quality in the national capital has also been set up. The need was emphasized by the National Capital Region and Adjoining Region Air Quality Management Committee during a meeting in January and asked Earth sciences institutions (IITM and IMD) to do so.
“The committee recently reviewed IITM’s progress and approved in principle the current version of the DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR region. The statement said IITM, Pune has also developed a new DSS website and recently, the entire system has been put into operation.” The website to provide quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi, a contribution from the ministry added that biomass burning activities in neighboring countries have led to the deterioration of air quality in Delhi and the potential quantitative effects of interventions in the projected air quality event in Delhi.