Im­me­di­ate ac­tion plans needed for city’s 13 pol­lu­tion hotspots: EPCA

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Jas­jeev.Gand­hiok @times­ Two from Farid­abad, Gur­gaon, Ba­hadur­garh, Bhi­wadi and Sahibabad For­mu­late ‘im­me­di­ate’ ac­tion plans for these hotspots that will list all the work that can be­gin im­me­di­ately and can be car­ried out in Oc­to­ber Orig­i­nal act

New Delhi: Delhi’s13 most pol­luted hotspots will need fresh and “im­me­di­ate” ac­tion plans that will list all mea­sures that can be un­der­taken in Oc­to­ber it­self, the Supreme Court-man­dated En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion (Preven­tion and Con­trol) Au­thor­ity has told Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee and Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board.

At a re­view meet­ing ahead of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Graded Re­sponse Ac­tion Plan, EPCA on Mon­day said the ac­tion plans for­mu­lated for these hotspots were too “de­tailed” and could not be ex­e­cuted im­me­di­ately. In­stead, it sought two plans for each hotspot to be im­ple­mented to keep a check on pol­lu­tion.

“Our fo­cus this year has to be im­ple­men­ta­tion of ac­tion plans on hotspots. How­ever, these ac­tion plans can­not be ex­e­cuted in the present state. We need ac­tion im­me­di­ately and on the ground so that the spikes are con­trolled ahead of Di­wali and dur­ing the crop stub­ble burn­ing pe­riod. We need two ac­tion plans for each hotspot, one that can be im­ple­mented through this win­ter and one that is im­me­di­ate, list­ing all ac­tions that can be un­der­taken this month,” EPCA mem­ber Su­nita Narain said.

The13 hotspots iden­ti­fied are Okhla Phase-2, Narela, Bawana, Mundka, Pun­jabi Bagh, Dwarka, Wazir­pur, Ro­hini, Vivek Vi­har, Anand Vi­har, R K Pu­ram, Ja­hangir­puri and Ashok Vi­har. The “im­me­di­ate” ac­tion plans will have to be sub­mit­ted to EPCA within two weeks.

EPCA also iden­ti­fied six hotspots for the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion, ask­ing state pol­lu­tion con­trol boards to for­mu­late ac­tion plans for them. Two ar­eas were iden­ti­fied in Farid­abad whereas the other lo­ca­tions in­cluded Udyog Vi­har in Gur­gaon, Ba­hadur­garh, Bhi­wadi and Sahibabad.

For each hotspot, night pa­trolling has been or­dered, which can be sup­ple­mented by the use of Home Guards. EPCA chair­man Bhure Lal said: “Night pa­trolling is im­por­tant for these lo­ca­tions as most of the vi­o­la­tions oc­cur at night EPCA and CPCB should be in­formed about the vi­o­la­tions and we should re­ceive daily up­dates and the sched­ule of the ac­tion plan.”

Lal, who has car­ried out field vis­its in NCR over the last cou­ple of weeks, iden­ti­fied open waste burn­ing and in­dus­trial pol­lu­tion as the big­gest prob­lems.

Daily re­ports to be sub­mit­ted to both EPCA and CPCB task force

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