“Future research should focus more on the characterization of the aerosol elemental composition for the identification of specific combustion and natural (e.g., dust, local vs. transported) sources,” says Dr. Umesh Chandra Dumka.
A team of experts from IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Delhi, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), and IISER Mohali will execute the study. The DPCC is the nodal agency for finalising and implementing its terms of reference.
Expressing concern over poor air quality in north India, especially in the national capital, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the government will encourage all possible technological interventions to mitigate pollution.
The national capital's air quality remained 'very poor' on Sunday, with stubble burning contributing 40 per cent to Delhi's pollution and negating the effect of better ventilation, according to a government forecasting agency.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitoring agency SAFAR on Sunday said that stubble burning has peaked in the states neighbouring Delhi and its share in the pollution level in the national capital rose to 40 per cent.