Tighten noose on pol­lut­ing sources: EPCA to Haryana

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

With the Graded Re­sponse Ac­tion Plan for ‘very poor’ and ‘se­vere’ cat­e­gories of air pol­lu­tion sched­uled to come into force for the first time from Oc­to­ber 17, the En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion (Preven­tion and Con­trol) Author­ity has di­rected the Haryana gov­ern­ment to step up its vigil in its NCR dis­tricts to con­trol air pol­lu­tion.

“The EPCA chair­man has asked us to tighten the noose on four sec­tors – stub­ble burn­ing in farms, pol­lu­tion from con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion in­dus­try, ve­hic­u­lar emis­sions and fire cracker in­dus­tries,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial of the Haryana state pol­lu­tion con­trol board.

A meet­ing chaired by EPCA chair­man Bhure Lal was held at Gur­gaon in Haryana on Wed­nes­day. It was at­tended by top brass of the Haryana gov­ern­ment.

HT has al­ready re­ported that stub­ble burn­ing in Haryana and Pun­jab is go­ing on in full swing. Haryana’s pol­lu­tion con­trol board was di­rected to in­crease pa­trolling in vil­lages. Pa­trol teams have to sub­mit fort­nightly re­port to EPCA.

“Pol­lu­tion dur­ing this time of the year pri­mar­ily de­pends on ground level ac­tiv­i­ties and me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal fac­tors,” said D Saha head of the air qual­ity lab at Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board.

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