After the Supreme Court asked IIT-Delhi to suggest measures to control air pollution in national capital, the experts from the premier institute are likely to start measuring indoor air pollution in schools, residential complexes, metro trains, malls and restaurants.
According to sources, the project is being undertaken aiming to devise effective solutions for deteriorating air pollution of Delhi and its neighbouring cities.
“A study is being planned to install air pollution sensors in Delhi buses to measure the extent of pollution in different areas and routes in the city and develop forecasting models,” a statement of IIT-Delhi said.
Reports also suggested that the experts from the institute will also be studying carbon footprint in the city. They will put in efforts to make the city carbon neutral with support of the Niti Aayog. “Once the model will be accepted by Niti Aayog, it will be extended to other cities as well,” sources said.
As per reports, IIT-Delhi has developed a process to convert agro-waste such as stubble into pulp which can be used to make bioethanol, paper and tableware and also helps the farmers generate profits from their waste instead of burning it off and can help in reducing pollution caused by burning of crop residues.
The institute is also working towards creating a low-cost air pollution monitoring network using low cost sensing devices to predict the real time concentration of pollutants.