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Lt. Governor, Sh. Anil Baijal chairs a meeting to review status of Air Pollution Control measures in Delhi.

Friday, November 3, 2017

  • Lt. Governor, Sh. Anil Baijal chairs a meeting to review status of Air Pollution Control measures in Delhi.
  • Lt. Governor emphasizes on water sprinkling along with mechanical sweeping of roads to control dust.
  • Construction agencies to be penalized for violation of dust control norms.
  • Only authorized e-waste recyclers must function. Roadside greening and plantation at central verges must be expedited : LG
  • Municipal Corporations to team up with Transport Department, GNCTD for checking of the overloaded vehicles.

Sh. Anil Baijal, Hon’ble Lt. Governor, Delhi chaired a meeting today at Raj Niwas to review the status of measures taken by various agencies to combat air pollution in Delhi.

The meeting was attended by Hon’ble Minister (Environment & Forest) Sh. Imran Hussain, Chief Secretary, GNCTD; Pr. Secretary (Urban Development) GNCTD; Commissioner (Transport), GNCTD; Secretary (New Delhi Municipal Council); Commissioner, North MCD; Spl. Commissioner (Traffic), Delhi Police; Spl. Secretary (Environment & Forest), GNCTD; Pr. Commissioner, DDA; Director (Education); Smt. Sunita Narain, Director General, (Centre for Science and Environment).

This meeting was in continuation of previous meetings on the subject to take actions in the short and long term for improving air quality in Delhi.

Spl. Secretary (Environment & Forest),GNCTD, apprised Hon’ble Lt. Governor about the action taken report on the decisions taken in the previous meeting held at Raj Niwas on 21st September, 2017.

It was informed to Hon’ble Lt. Governor that, 18 new Real Time Air Pollution Monitoring Stations have been installed and are functional while two are under final stages of commissioning and calibration. Hon’ble Lt. Governor was also informed that Badarpur Thermal Power Station has been closed with effect from 17th October, 2017.

The meeting laid special emphasis on dust control measures. It was informed to Lt. Governor that for dust control, 15 Mechanical Road Sweepers are in operation in South MCD. In East MCD, 04 Mechanical Sweeping machines have been deployed during night, while in North MCD, 4 Mechanical Road Sweepers are operational and another 4 Mechanical Road Sweepers are being procured by North MCD.

Further, for Dust Control at construction sites, it was informed that for Monitoring and Action against violators of dust control measures, government has launched special drive to improve air quality by way of enforcing Dust Control Measures by the construction project agencies/ individuals. Area SDMs, Tehsildars, Assistant Engineers of PWD and DPCC are regularly inspecting projects for checking the compliance of dust control and are levying penalties for violations of dust control measures. Construction activities are being regularly monitored to check and minimize emissions. Transportation of construction and demolition material / waste under tarpaulin cover, is being strictly implemented. Hon’ble Lt. Governor emphasized on water sprinkling with mechanical sweeping. Hon’ble LG also directed the concerned agencies to penalize all construction agencies in case of any violation of dust control norms.

Regarding greening and roadside/central verge plantation, Pr. Secretary (PWD) gave information about work done in certain stretches. Hon’ble Lt. Governor directed to execute the greening work expeditiously, particularly on major stretches.

On the issue of open-air burning, it was informed to Hon’ble Lt. Governor that for monitoring and action against persons for burning of waste material/garbage in open, government has undertaken special drive of inspections to prevent air pollution due to burning of leaves/garbage in open areas. It was also informed that to receive the public complaints in order to stop the burning of Garbage/Waste material/Leaves, DPCC has opened a “WhatsApp account with mobile numbers 9717593574” and “9717539501”.

It was also informed that auditing of Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates is going on. Steps are being taken to link PUC certificate with insurance by Transport Department, GNCTD. Hon’ble Lt. Governor directed Municipal Corporations to team up with Transport Department, GNCTD regarding checking of the overloaded vehicles, for necessary penal action as per law.

In view of the coming winter season, implementation of Graded Response Action Plan was also discussed at length. Lt. Governor directed all concerned agencies to strictly implement the measures laid out in the Graded Response Action Plan. Health Department has been directed to issue a health advisory as per ambient air quality status of the city.

Hon’ble Lt. Governor emphasized that ban on use of pet coke and furnace oil must be strictly enforced by all municipal corporations, Industries Department, DSIIDC and DPCC.

Hon’ble Lt. Governor desired that ban on use of electricity generator as per Graded Response Action Plan should be intensively enforced by SDMs. Lt. Governor also directed Power Department, GNCTD to publicize the simplified procedure for temporary electricity connections.

Regarding controlling open fires and waste management in landfill sites, Hon’ble Lt. Governor directed all corporations to take technical support of the expert committee comprising of IIT Professors before initiating any measures on the ground, given the sensitivity of the sites.

Finally, the meeting noted partial success in the efforts made so far as the air quality during this year’s festival time was comparatively better than last year. However, it was stressed that the efforts must be intensified as considerable distance remains to be traversed before the battle against air pollution can be decisively won.

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