Delhi Pollution Solution: AAP Calls For Choppers To Sprinkle Water On City

| October 25 , 2017 , 10:23 IST

In view of the air pollution in the national capital which generally increases with the winter season, the AAP-led Delhi government has requested the centre to sprinkle water from choppers and aircrafts across Delhi to improve the air quality, as sprinkling water will help settle down the particulate matter and pollutants in the air.

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, in a letter to the Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, said that the state government is willing to bear the costs of the aerial sprinkling of water across Delhi.

“As you are aware, with the onset of winter season, Delhi faces a critical phase of air pollution due to various reasons including stubble burning in neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana, bursting of crackers during Diwali etc," said Hussain.

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"Adverse metrological conditions like calm wind conditions, low temperature etc, aggravates the pollution level especially the concentration levels of particulate matter namely PM2.5 and PM 10 in Delhi's ambient air. Therefore, abatement of air pollution in Delhi and NCR is one of the most important environment challenges that need to be tackled on urgent basis,” he continued.

“In view of the continuous poor air quality in Delhi, it is requested that your office may kindly propose to ministry of civil aviation to carry out an exercise to sprinkle water aerially through helicopter/aircraft to settle particulate matters in Delhi," said Hussain.

Despite the Supreme Court ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR until November 1, the air quality of Delhi was recorded as 'severe' on October 20 for the first time in the year.