Delhi Environment Minister, Shri Imran Hussain on Tuesday announced that 44 joint teams comprising of SDMs/Tehsildars, officers of Municipal Corporations concerned, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC)/Environment Department and of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MOEF&CC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will be deputed from Thursday to curb local sources of air pollution and to take action against violators across Delhi.
Shri Hussain informed that this urgent campaign is being jointly organized by the Delhi and Central Governments, which will appeals to the citizens to strictly avoid all such activities which lead to the airpollution. The teams will be mandated to take action on the following offences/actions including:-
· Garbage burning
· Stubble burning
· Vehicular emission/Traffic choke points/ Measures to ease congestion
· Dug up and Dusty roads
· Industrial emission
· Construction and demolition waste
· Use of power generators/DG sets
Strict punitive action against the violators of dust control measures and those found indulging in burning waste material/plastic/garbage etc. in open will be taken. The joint campaign for clean air has been initially scheduled for a week.
The joint Campaign will be flagged-off at the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh, Aliganj, New Delhi on 1st November (Thursday) by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the Delhi Environment Minister.
Shri Hussain said the Delhi government is taking all the required necessary steps for ensuring that the air quality index in Delhi remains under control especially during the festive season.
All the three Municipal Corporations, PWD, NDMC, DDA, Delhi Cantonment Board, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation etc.. have been directed to ensure that the construction activities undertaken by them and supervised by them should not lead to emission of dust from the construction sites.
They should ensure that water is regularly sprinkled on the building material, it should also remain covered and the construction site should be effectively covered for preventing dust emanating from the construction sites.
The Minister also asked these Agencies to increase the frequency of mechanical sweeping and sprinkling of water on the roads so that the dust and fugitive emissions do not remain suspended in the air.
The minister is himself is taking regular rounds and conducting surprise inspections in various parts of Delhi everyday for checking the implementation of dust control norms and instances of burning in the open.
In order to check vehicular pollution, Transport Department has intensified action against visibly polluting vehicles and vehicles not having Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates.
Shri Hussain urged the citizens of Delhi and especially children to create mass awareness regarding the ill effects of burning crackers and expressed confidence that there will be effective and positive contribution from Delhi Citizens in controlling air pollution in the coming days.