Government aims to tackle Delhi’s Air Pollution

On Friday, the AQI (air quality index) registered ‘hazardous’ levels of pollution in the national capital. The primary pollutant behind the over 400 AQI is PM10.

The main affected areas were Delhi Technological University in Rohini, PGDAV College in Sriniwaspuri, Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Faridabad. The toxic air has become a health hazard for the residents of these areas. It has already been termed as a medical emergency by the NGT (National Green Tribunal).

On Thursday, it was noted by the SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting) that Delhi had been enveloped in a thick layer of haze. The reason for this could be the burning of crops in nearby states, but SAFAR said that the impact from that was minimal and Delhi was responsible for its own doom. Due to high humidity and low temperature, the air quality is expected to remain the same over the next few days.

To battle the ever increasing pollution crisis in Delhi, the government has given approval to IIT Kanpur scientists to go ahead with their plan of inducing artificial rain over the national capital. The scientists would use the same technology used by China in the 2008 Beijing Olympics to ward off unfavourable conditions.

The plan will include cloud seeding technique which can only work if clouds are about 2.5 KM to 4 KM above the city. As of now, they have noted that distance is over 6 KM, which may pose a problem. In addition, the clouds need to consist of specific supercooled ice crystals and water droplets. They have said, however, that if the clouds are of the appropriate thickness and posses the right conditions, they can move forward with the plan.

Another move by the government to assess the extent of the air pollution involves buying new aircrafts that come loaded with sophisticated technology. The exclusive aircraft, equipped with sophisticated instruments, will work as National Facility for Airborne Research (NFAR). The aircraft will be procured by 2020 and carryout all airborne atmospheric research that will help in strengthening and improving forecast capabilities as well as in assessing air pollution and associated impacts on health and climate.

Hopefully these steps will ameliorate the conditions residents of the capital will find respite from the pollution in the future.

For most of us from Noida, the Metro is nothing short of a lifeline. A saviour in times of need, the metro has connected various parts of Noida to mainstream Delhi. Now, however, you're going to have to take a different look at these metro trains, because you can rent them for throwing parties!

Granted, that isn't really the first thought that comes to mind when one says either party or metro, but it is certainly something interesting. From now, one can book a metro coach on our favourite Aqua Line metro and celebrate any occasion. So read on to find out how it's going to go down and everything else you need to know.

What's the update?

Ever wanted to party in a Noida Metro Train coach? Well, it seems that now you can, with NMRC's latest initiative. The idea was taken from similar initiatives in Jaipur, Gujarat and Gurugram's Rapid Metro, where train coaches can be rented out for parties. Incidentally, no other foreign country implements this rule.

One can book coaches on operational as well as stationary trains. To ensure that the average commuter isn't held up, only up to 4 coaches can be booked by a party. For booking coaches, you're going to have to pay a security deposit of ₹20,000 and then ₹5,000 to ₹10,000 each hour. Paying extra will get you a decorated coach from the NMRC, so that you don't have to do anything.

In order to actually book a coach, or four, all you have to do is head over to the NMRC's website and apply at least 15 days prior to the date of engagement. Following that, the NMRC will look into the matter and you can get partying in your metro coach within no time!

Knock Knock

The NMRC is constantly coming up with innovative ways to generate revenue from Noida Metro. Earlier, the metro stations opened up for film and television shooting. In the near future, we expect the revenue to help improve and expand Noida Metro.

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