An air traffic controller said that sprinkling operations would only be possible in North and East Delhi as there were several no-flying zones in the district
An ambitious plan to dissipate the national capital’s fog with anti-smog helicopters is in a tizzy as national helicopter carrier Pawan Hans told Delhi government its aircraft cannot be used to sprinkle water to dissipate the smog in the city because of low visibility caused by pollution.
Pawan Hans had decided to help the administration fight the smog cover in the city by aerially sprinkling water over the national capital.
After a meeting with the Delhi government on Monday, Pawan Hans Chairperson and Managing Director BP Sharma told The Indian Express that it was not possible for the helicopter carrier to carry out sprinkling operations.
Pollution levels in the national capital, however, declined quite a bit on Tuesday, going from the “severe” to the hazardous category.
Previously, the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi had offered to pay for the use of helicopters to sprinkle water over the city to settle pollutants.
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan had told the Delhi government last week to see whether the chopper operations were a cost-effective option.Despite fall in pollution levels lately, the national capital's air quality is still 30 times that of World Health Organisation prescribed levels.