India Commonwealth Games
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a constituent under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, is spearheading the country's first major initiative named as "System of Air Quality forecasting and Research (SAFAR)". It has been successfully tested during the commonwealth Games 2010 for National Capital Region Delhi. Our vision is to spread the SAFAR to other major cities in India, and to put our country in the forefront of Air Quality Forecasting Research.
The SAFAR provides location specific information on Air Quality in near real time and it is forecast 24 hours in advance. It is complemented by the weather forecasting system designed by IMD, New Delhi. The ultimate objective is to increase the awareness among the general public regarding the air quality in their city, well in advance, so that appropriate mitigation action and systematic measures can be taken up for the betterment of air quality and related health issues.