New Delhi: 09/01/2017
Delhi govt asks agencies to intensify air pollution control measures through increased vigil
Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Monday reviewed the action taken by various land owning agencies for the prohibition of burning of garbage, dry leaves, waste, plastic, rubber etc., in the open and dust control measures at construction sites.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of Environment Department, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and nodal officers from Revenue Department, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), East/North/South MCDs, Delhi Cantonment Board(DCB), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), PWD, Traffic Police and Transport Department.
The minister observed that the Delhi government is fully committed to check air pollution in national capital.
The National Green Tribunal has directed all Land Owning Agencies in Delhi to impose a fine of Rs.5,000/- on persons found burning of leave material in the open and fine upto Rs five lakh on the owners/ builders who are found not following the dust control measures while carrying out construction activities.
During the meeting, various land owning agencies informed about action being taken against violators of dust control norms and those found indulging in burning of waste matter in open.
The Minister observed that though the agencies are taking action against the violators, there is pressing need to intensify inspections especially during on-going winter season when air pollution problem tends to aggravate with meteorological conditions of the city, as seen from past experience.
The Minister emphasized the need to increase the vigil during this period so that instances of violations of dust control norms and burning in open could be minimized as otherwise these factors could add to air pollution much to the discomfort of citizens of Delhi especially senior citizens and young children.
He also directed Nodal Officers of the Departments to attend the next meeting along with Action Taken Reports on the complaints relating to pollution being received by them through DPCC’s Whats App Group and also through Swacch Delhi App launched by UD Department.