Decision on artificial rain likely in a couple of days: Delhi minister

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the department is currently monitoring the situation and they will sit with the scientists on Thursday to review the condition.

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Delhi which has been witnessing severe poor air quality from last few days, but now after the statement of Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday, people are likely to breathe better quality air.

According to the sources, Gopal Rai on Wednesday said the situation on pollution in the national capital will be observed for the next two or three days and only then a decision of odd-even or artificial rain would be taken. It is to be noted here that air quality in Delhi has seen a fall after a couple of days of Diwali. 

"There will be stagnation in the wind speed for 2-3 days after which the wind speed may increase. Due to which improvement (air pollution) can be seen."

On artificial rain, he said, "This decision can be reached after observing the situation for the next 2-3 days. If the pollution level moves towards 'severe'+ category, then definitely the government will take a decision on it."
Rai further added that the department is currently monitoring the situation and they will sit with the scientists tomorrow to review the condition. 

Before this, Delhi got a brief spell of relief from the choking pollution days before Diwali because of unexpected rain showers, but now again a dip has been witnessed in the air quality. Apart from this, Delhi government was initially planning for the odd-even rule from November 13 but put that on hold after Supreme Court raised questions on the efficiency of the scheme.