Clear waste in 10 days, CPCB tells NCR states
‘Ensure Power Supply Without Break To Avoid Diesel Gensets’ NBCC fined 5L for dust emission at WHO site
New Delhi: Power supply companies should be asked to maintain uninterrupted electricity supply to prevent use of diesel generators this winter, Central Pollution Control Board-led taskforce has told Delhi government and neighbouring states. At a meeting held on Friday, the taskforce also asked Delhi, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan to conduct special drives to clear out garbage and construction demolition waste within 10 days.
The task force, which reviewed the current air quality scenario, stubble burning incidences, met forecast, and preparedness of Delhi Pollution Control Committee and NCR Pollution Control Board, also asked for “immediate actions for paving of roads and control of road dust in industrial areas, surveillance of industrial areas for emissions and dumping and burning of waste”. During the meeting, a senior IMD official said that the air quality is expected to remain satisfactory till October 3.
“Night patrolling, especially in industrial areas, will be initiated from October 1 in coordination with the agencies concerned,” DPCC member secretary informed the meeting.
Prashant Gargava, member secretary, CPCB, emphasised on close monitoring of ground-level actions. He requested DPCC and the other state pollution control boards to seek daily or weekly reports from the implementing agencies.
“He also informed that CPCB had earlier requested agencies to take up special drives for cleaning garbage and construction or demolition of waste dumps. Night patrolling teams may be asked to report such dumps so that action can be taken,” an official said.
DPCC has been asked to closely monitor the implementation of hotspot action plan, seek daily action taken reports from the agencies, and submit weekly reports to the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority and CPCB.
EPCA has been holding meetings with Delhi and neighbouring states over the last two weeks to assess preparedness over implementation of Graded Response Action Plan, which has aseries of immediate and emergency measures, spread out across four categories — moderate to poor, very poor, severe, and severe plus. GRAP will be enforced from October 15.
A study by the Centre for Science and Environment, published in June 2018, had found that the PM2.5 and PM10 levels exceeded significantly in housing societies where diesel generator sets operated for several hours a day. In areas where DG sets operated for more than eight hours, pollution levels remained high throughout the year. A ministry of health and family welfare’s 2015 report on air pollution and health issues found that diesel generators contribute to about 16% of the total PM 2.5 emissions. New Delhi: Delhi Pollution Control Committee on Saturday imposed fines of Rs 25 lakh on construction sites in the capital that had not taken adequate dust control measures.
A fine of Rs 5 lakh was also imposed on the governmentrun National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) for “negligence” in checking dust emission at the site of an under-construction World Health Organization building near ITO. “Huge construction materials were found lying dumped without being covered and without spraying of water. The earth had been dug out indiscriminately without any precautionary measures emitting plumes of dust,” DPCC said.
The state pollution control body also imposed fines of Rs 5 lakh each against polluters at few large construction sites in Delhi, including a hotel project in Motia Khan, Deepak Memorial Hospital on Vikas Marg in east Delhi, ESIC Hospital and Medical College in Basai Darapur and Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute in Rohini.
DPCC directed the polluters at the sites, located along major transport corridors, to take corrective measures within three days, failing which the construction work will be stopped and prosecution launched.
The pollution control body also fined South Delhi Municipal Corporation and PWD Rs 50 lakh each for open dumping of construction and demolition waste near Dhaula Kuan.
“DPCC detected a stretch on Ring Road from Brar Square to Dhaula Kuan where several dumps of construction debris were found lying, which significantly contributed to the road re-suspension of dust particles,” a DPCC release stated, adding that the two agencies have been directed to take corrective measures so as to prevent dumping of construction debris in an illegal manner.