New app to check air quality

In a bid to enhance awareness of the hazards of air pollution, India’s first ‘air quality’ Mobile App, SAFAR-Air, was launched on Tuesday at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune.

The application, developed by scientists at IITM, will enable citizens to check their city’s air quality in real time. The forecasting system, jointly run by the IITM and the India Meteorology Department is now available in Delhi and will come to Mumbai by May this year.

Launching the app, Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), said it would greatly aid the policy maker to adopt practical city-level measures to address air pollution.

Gufran Baig, Project Director, SAFAR, said this was the first mobile application service in India to provide a current and advanced forecast for air quality.

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