Delhi govt to work out SOP on sprinkling water aerially

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Dense smog in Delhi, Nov 13, 2017.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Dense smog in Delhi, Nov 13, 2017.
Photo – PTI

The Delhi government has decided to work out a standard operating procedure (SOP) for aerially sprinkling water in the city as part of efforts to tackle the alarming levels of pollution. The meeting was held Tuesday evening with the helicopter agency Pawan Hans officials.

The national capital has been experiencing dense smog for about a week, forcing authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns in the National Capital Region.

Though the air quality has seemingly improved the last 24 hours.

“Held a joint meeting with Pawan Hans & all related central govt depts to explore aerial sprinkling feasibility. Decided to work out a SoP (standard operating procedure) to begin with,” Hussain tweeted.

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Responding to a letter written by Hussain on possibility of such an exercise, Vanrajsinh H Dodia, the general manager (BD and marketing) of Pawan Hans, had said the company had the “capacity” to take it up.

The idea of aerial sprinkling of water was first floated by the National Green Tribunal in November last year.

“Why can’t you use helicopters to create artificial rain to control dust pollution. Are they only meant to carry your officials?” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar had asked.

(With inputs from PTI)