India’s first text-based early warning system for air pollution that measures particulate matter less than one micron is set to become a reality in the next few months.  While Ahmedabad in Gujarat became the fourth Indian city to launch the Air Quality Index (AQI) on May 12, authorities of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) are now putting in place the ‘Air Information and Response (AIR) Plan’, in which SMS alerts and advisories would be sent to citizens warning them of rising air pollution levels.

Experts said that even though Ahmedabad enjoys a cleaner air than Delhi, the system was put in place to save lives and help people avoid the ill effects of pollution. Delhi on the other hand had its AQI installed around seven years ago but is still to come up with such a system.” Hindustan Times

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