According to Gopal Rai, the Delhi AQI may improve after Friday, and a decision about artificial rain and off-even would be made in two to three days.
Decision on artificial rain in Delhi:
The national capital’s pollution level would be monitored over the next two to three days, according to Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai, before a decision about artificial or odd-even rain is made. On Wednesday morning, two days after Diwali, Delhi’s air quality was classified as “very poor.” With the lowest morning temperature and the least amount of wind, nothing will change in the next two to three days. “After 2-3 days, the wind speed may pick up. So it is expected that the situation will be better. We are now monitoring the situation.
We are going to have a meeting with the departments and scientists tomorrow,” Gopal Rai stated. The minister stated that the government will consider more stringent measures, such as odd-even, if the AQI falls into the “severe plus” category.
Days before Diwali, rain brought a small respite from the choke-inducing pollution in Delhi; however, the air quality has since deteriorated once more. From Wednesday through Friday, Delhi’s air quality is probably going to stay in the “very poor” category. According to the Early Warning System’s forecasts, the air quality is expected to be mostly in the “very poor” category over the next six days.
The Supreme Court questioned the effectiveness of the odd-even scheme, which lowers the number of cars on the road by allowing cars with registration numbers ending in odd to operate on odd dates and the same with even, so the implementation of the rule, which was scheduled to begin on November 13, was postponed.
Prior to November 20, the Delhi government intended to use cloud seeding technologies to create artificial rain in the city. A meeting was called by Gopal Rai with the IIT-Kanpur team. But the Center has to provide its approval for this. The government of Delhi had originally decided to cover all the expenses related to the artificial rain.