A mobile air quality monitoring van will be hired by the Delhi government to monitor the quality of the air in the region. The mobile van would start operating from April 6 and will cover around 15 points on the major ring road area and will continue till the end of the odd-even scheme. The second phase of the odd even scheme begins from April 15 and would end on April 30.
Environment minister Imran Hussain discussed about the preparations taken up for the success of second phase of odd-even rule on Monday. This time there will be special focus on the border areas where the particulate matter is recorded to be very high. The Delhi government said that besides the use of a mobile van, they will go for manual monitoring and also the hand-held light scattering system across the city covering its border as well.
According to an official, “In view of the forthcoming odd even Part 2 drive, Environment department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) have planned to undertake monitoring of major parameters such as PM2.5, PM10 and NO2 during the period from 6th April 2016 to 30th April, 2016 in Delhi and its surrounding areas.”
The mobile van will be of Nevco Engineers Private Limited and it will start at 8 am from Lajpat Nagar where it will monitor the air quality till 8 pm. It is expected to cover all the areas like that of AIIMS, ISBT, RK Puram, Sarai Kale Khan, Dhaula Kuan, Model Town and Shalimar Bagh. The van has a pipe and also a noose device which sucks the ambient air. Aeroqual helps in calculating the pollutant level of the air.
This time the van has been restricted to some of the localized areas so that the impact of the scheme can be evaluated in a better way. They are trying to cover the same location every day and also at the same time so that they are able to understand the impact that odd-even rule would make.
The manual monitoring system will be covering the data twice before the start of the odd even system and twice after the start of the odd even system. This device will collect the data at 55 locations. It will be put in 21 points, which means at 3 different points at each of the 7 border areas.