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Delhi: Government to deploy vans at schools to monitor air quality

September 20, 2023

The Delhi government is planning to deploy air quality monitoring vehicles at its schools to identify pollution sources and monitor various air quality parameters, as per an official document.

A circular issued by the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) instructs the heads of government schools to collaborate with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) for the placement of mobile air quality monitoring vehicles.

Environmental activist Bhavreen Kandhari commented on the initiative, suggesting that air quality monitoring vehicles should not be limited to schools but should also be stationed at hospitals, bus stops, and government buildings.

Kandhari mentioned that the Warrior Moms group had sent letters to 12 states and their respective pollution control boards, urging them to install Air Quality Index (AQI) display monitors in all state government-run schools.

She emphasized that these vehicles would provide real-time air quality information, allowing students, teachers, and staff to make informed decisions about outdoor activities, especially on days when air quality is compromised.

Kandhari added that this initiative would not only raise awareness but also empower individuals with the knowledge they need to protect their health.

Source: PTI

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