BITSIAN helps design and set up air quality monitoring network in Delhi
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Posted by: BITSAA Newsletter
A string of automatic ambient air monitoring stations are being set up in Delhi, thanks to the design and installation services provided by Mr Adarsh Kapur's ('77) group of companies. Indira Gandhi International Airport and Kendriya vidhyala in R.K Puram were some of the first areas to be equipped with such systems. "Four more stations will be inaugurated at Vikas Bhawan-II, a major office complex of the Delhi Government in Civil Line Area in Northern Ridge; Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya Punjabi Bagh; NP Senior Secondary School Mandir Marg; and Anand Vihar Bus Terminal," says the Delhi chief Secretary Mr. Rakesh Mehta.
The monitoring station at the Delhi airport is the first such station at any airport in South-East Asia apparently! "Its unique in the sense that it is the first real time ambient air monitoring station and only one operational for collection of 12 parameters anywhere in the world. All the latest parameter including PM10, PM2.5, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, benzene, toluene, P-xylene can be monitored at this station. Further samples could be collected for more analysis for arsenic, nickel and lead," added Mr. Mehta.
The station is set to relay all of this data directly to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) at regular intervals of every 15mins round the clock. DPCC will then use this data to make important policy suggestions to the Delhi government in making its city much greener and carbon neutral!