CPCB asks NCR states to con­trol dust on roads

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New Delhi: The Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) has writ­ten to all the NCR states to stress on the use of dust sup­pres­sant on roads.

“This win­ter, to ef­fec­tively con­trol pol­lu­tion, DPCC may con­sider is­su­ing nec­es­sary in­struc­tions to the road-own­ing agen­cies, in­clud­ing the gov­ern­ment’s con­struc­tion au­thor­i­ties, to use dust sup­pres­sant on un­paved roads, stretches with heavy traf­fic, and con­struc­tion sites,” wrote Prashant Gar­gava, CPCB mem­ber sec­re­tary, to the pol­lu­tion con­trol boards of Delhi, Haryana, Ra­jasthan and Ut­tar Pradesh.

The let­ter also cited a study by CSIR-NEERI, which was con­ducted on con­struc­tion sites at Sarai Kale Khan, Narela and Dil­shad Gar­den, where the sup­pres­sants ini­tially curbed 50-60% sus­pen­sion, and up to 30% in six hours. “About 50

Tikri New Delhi: The Supreme Court-ap­pointed En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion (Preven­tion and Con­trol) Au­thor­ity’s chief Bhure Lal on Fri­day iden­ti­fied prob­lem-ar­eas in Delhi where waste, plas­tic and rub­ber burn­ing was oc­cur­ring in the open. He di­rected the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to form night pa­trolling teams to take strict pe­nal ac­tion against those in­volved in spread­ing pol­lu­tion. EPCA was hold­ing a meet­ing with the agen­cies con­cerned and the Delhi gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to en­sure co­or­di­nated ef­forts in tackling se­vere pol­lu­tion threat ahead of the win­ter sea­son.

In north and west Delhi, EPCA said that Tikri, Mundka, Nan­gloi, Ghevra, Bawana and Narela were iden­ti­fied as the prob­lem lo­ca­tions where pri­mar­ily rub­ber and plas­tic in­dus­tries op­er­ate. Lal told of­fi­cials that sev­eral in­stances of open plas­tic and rub­ber burn­ing dur­ing night hours were spot­ted there. “If of­fi­cials are present there, they can eas­ily spot the fire from a dis­tance and fine the units,” said Lal.

In east Delhi, Lal said that Anand Vi­har had seen im­prove­ment in terms of air qual­ity. But, pol­lu­tion lev­els need to be checked in nearby lo­ca­tions like Us­man­pur, Bha­jan­pura, Seema­puri, Gandhi na­gar and Man­doli. “Il­le­gal smelt­ing and dy­ing units are caus­ing pol­lu­tion in these ar­eas,” Lal added.

“At­ten­tion will also be paid to the Ya­muna flood­plains and Kis­hangarh in south Delhi. Vi­o­la­tors will be fined on the spot, which can go up to Rs 5 lakh. The unit can even be shut down,” said an of­fi­cial.

A se­nior DPCC of­fi­cial told TOI that of­fi­cials from the rev­enue depart­ment, en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment and po­lice will be re­spon­si­ble for night pa­trolling, while the dis­trict mag­is­trates will be re­quired to co­or­di­nate ac­tion. Lal has also asked the of­fi­cials to crack down on units op­er­at­ing on unau­tho­rised fu­els. “We have seen fur­nace oil still be­ing used in east Delhi, lead­ing to pitch-black smoke go­ing into the air,” said Lal.

Delhi will see the en­force­ment of the Graded Re­sponse Ac­tion Plan (GRAP) from Oc­to­ber 15 on­wards, which in­cludes a se­ries of emer­gency mea­sures to curb pol­lu­tion. EPCA had ear­lier asked the states to en­sure that the air qual­ity in­dex (AQI) is kept un­der con­trol even be­fore the GRAP comes into force this year.

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