Thick haze envelopes the busy Sở-Trường Chinh-Đại La intersection in Hà Nội in mid-September. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội has agreed to install 18 air quality monitoring devices offered by the German Development Cooperation Organisation (GIZ) as part of efforts to improve air quality in the capital.
The devices will be installed in the downtown district of Hoàn Kiếm.
The municipal People’s Committee has assigned the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to co-ordinate with the GIZ and the People’s Committee of Hoàn Kiếm District as well as relevant agencies to manage data gathered by the censors.
Air quality data collected by the sensors will be made public at http://moitruongthudo.vn and apps, screens at State agencies and public places in Hoàn Kiếm District.
Causes of the problem are said to be pollutants – especially vehicle exhaust fumes, dust from construction activities, and smoke from various industrial activities and farmers burning straws in suburban areas. — VNS