Delhi

Environment Minister directs all agencies to be on full alert for air pollution control

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·         Stubble burning in neighbouring states & adverse metrological conditions a cause of worry

·         All agencies directed to step up their efforts to ensure no local factors remain

New Delhi, Nov 5,2018 ( By SK.Vyas ): Environment Minister, Shri Imran Hussain on Monday directed all the concerned agencies to be on full alert and take all possible efforts for the control of air pollution given the spurt in stubble burning in neighbouring states and adverse metrological conditions.

 Hussain reviewed the action plan and action taken for air pollution control by Municipal Corporations (South DMC, North DMC & East DMC), PWD, Fire Department, Environment Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

The meeting was attended by senior officers of North, South & East MCDs, NDMC, PWD along with other senior officers of Environment Department and the DPCC.

The Minister directed the Municipal Corporations to ensure that the vehicles carrying garbage/ malba to the landfill sites are properly covered.  The vehicles must carry valid pollution under control certificates and that no vehicles are used which are more than 10 years old for transporting the garbage/ malba to the landfill sites.  They were also directed to provide details of all the vehicles used for lifting and transporting waste material to the Environment Department. 

Shri Hussain directed the intensification of water sprinkling on the roads in the coming days.  Regarding mechanical sweeping, the officers of Municipal Corporations informed that mechanical sweeping of the roads including the PWD roads is being regularly undertaken for preventing suspension and re-suspension of dust due to plying of vehicles. 

The minister observed that since construction activities are prohibited till 10th of November, all Municipal Corporations/ local bodies/ PWD etc. should ensure that no construction activities either by the Government bodies/ private persons are going on and the violators should be heavily penalized as per law.

He directed that all instances of stacking of building materials on the roads should be immediately removed and penalized.  Further, construction material lying on the sites should be sprinkled with water and should also remain covered.

The Minister asked all three Municipal Corporations to prevent the instances of burning in open and compliance of dust control measures, failing which violators should be challenged.

He also directed MCDs, PWD and Delhi Fire Services to undertake water sprinkling from high rise buildings after Diwali for settling the suspended dust particles. 

Shri Hussain also observed that the present state of air pollution in Delhi is due to winds blowing from outside. These can be effectively tackled through water sprinkling.

The Minister expressed the hope that coordinated efforts of all the stakeholder departments will yield positive results.  The Govt. with the active participation of citizens and children will be able to control the menace of air pollution in the coming days in Delhi.