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    New Delhi: Air quality information service extends to more cities

    New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that operational air quality information service is being extended to Varanasi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Patna. The union minister gave this information in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

    Representative image of an air monitoring system (Photo: APPCB)

    He also recalled that India Meteorological Department (IMD) provides operational air quality information for the public and pollution control authorities and that these forecasts are made available on https://mausam.imd.gov.in and https://ews.tropmet.res.in. 

    Further, Dr Singh said that a web application called SAFAR-Air developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune gives location-specific air quality index and advisory in four metropolitan cities - Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad and information or awareness campaigns may be available from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) & the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEF& CC). 

    Initiate News Agency (INA), New Delhi

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