Traffic slowed down, commuters and passersby paused, and all eyes turned towards the hose sprinkling water from atop a DDA building at Vikas Minar, ITO, on Wednesday afternoon. The shower by the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) — which lasted 50 minutes — on a patch of road near the building took most on the road by surprise.
While some looked for cover, a few smiled, and others wondered what the purpose of this exercise was.
The move came after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered that a patch of road in the capital be sprinkled with water from a high-rise, and a ‘before’ and ‘after’ analysis of pollution levels in the area be conducted.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Tribunal had pulled up civic corporations for sprinkling water in an “unscientific manner”.
In its order, the Tribunal also directed the Delhi government, all the municipal corporations and the PCBs (Pollution Control Boards) to identify a highly polluted area in Delhi by Tuesday evening, and “ensure sprinkling of water by using appropriate equipment and if possible even through helicopter, to bring down the particulate matter in the ambient air quality”.
“It’s at quite a height, and we finished all the water in the tank… approximately 70,000 litres. The count of particulate matter in the pollution level was done by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), and they will submit the findings,” said Atul Garg, Deputy Chief, DFS.