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

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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.

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