CPCB asks NCR states to control dust on roads
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.