8 April 2019
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) “As Delhi continued to grapple with rising air pollution, air quality dropped, and the Delhi pollution level slipped into the ‘very poor’ category on Diwali night.”
Station operators and service engineers from ECOTECH Monitoring Solutions (EMS) were on call 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted air quality monitoring services throughout Diwali.
“A thick haze engulfed the city as people continued to burst firecrackers long after the deadline set by the Supreme Court.” – NDTV.com
Inspired by ACOEM Group’s new year “Stop Wishing, Start Doing” campaign, ACOEM ECOTECH India & ECOTECH Monitoring Solutions (EMS) took a lead role.
In November 2018, while the population of India was engrossed in Diwali celebrations, EMS station operators and service engineers throughout India were available 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted operation of ECOTECH Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS).
Their efforts were particularly important in the National Capital Region (NCR) – a critical zone at very high risk of air pollution during Diwali. The aim was to ensure the availability of authenticated data greater than 98%.
Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is India’s largest and most significant festival. Families plan elaborate five-day celebrations, and businesses across the country remain closed during the festival. Firecrackers are set off in huge quantities adding to existing high pollution levels with additional smoke.
Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in India, suffers considerably during this period, and the situation is exacerbated by agricultural stubble burning in the neighbouring state of Punjab.
Extra services mean continuous environmental data collection
Due to poor air quality during Diwali festivities, monitoring air quality becomes crucial. The data collected helps alert authorities, ensuring corrective measures are in place and timely action can be taken. With so much smoke emanating from various human activities, it becomes even more important to collect the data to understand the level of pollutants in the air.
ACOEM ECOTECH India and EMS made sure all the 24 monitoring stations in Delhi were operating at optimal levels. Their team of committed engineers and technicians kept each Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (AAQMS) in Delhi running efficiently throughout Diwali festivities. The server-based data collection ensured that real-time data updates were accessible to the public via the CPCB website.
Working together as one
The 24-member team worked together as one cohesive unit, displaying exemplary commitment by manning the stations during Diwali and the following nights. Backed up by data analysts, the EMS team ensured continuous collection of accurate real-time data.
“I am very proud of the entire team. Their commitment to their work and the community coupled with their drive to guarantee customer satisfaction is worth praising,” said Samir Sabnis, Managing Director ACOEM ECOTECH India.
“The EMS team made sure that all air quality monitoring stations were functioning and delivering uninterrupted data,” he added.
Radheshyam Yadav, Head Service Operations – North & East, ACOEM ECOTECH India also played an instrumental role during Diwali, keeping tabs on the entire network and visiting air monitoring stations during the day.
ACOEM ECOTECH India and EMS impressed customers with their dedication, and positive customer feedback received was another reason for the team to feel proud.
“Great effort, exemplary work done. This strengthens the goodwill of ACOEM ECOTECH in India,” said one customer.
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