Clean Air Week Planned to Control Pollution in Delhi

Children affected by dust and air pollution at the RMN Foundation free school for deserving children in Delhi. Photo by Rakesh Raman. Click the photo to meet the RMN Foundation School Children.
Children affected by dust and air pollution at the RMN Foundation free school for deserving children in Delhi. Photo by Rakesh Raman. Click the photo to meet the RMN Foundation School Children.

Clean Air Week Planned to Control Pollution in Delhi

A Clean Air Week would be organized from November 1 – 5, 2018 in collaboration with the Government of Delhi and the four major NCR cities to control air pollution. For this, 52 teams have been formed to ensure compliance and safety and take quick action.

The teams will be jointly flagged off by Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (EF&CC) and a Minister from Government of Delhi.

This decision was taken in a meeting held Tuesday under the Chairmanship of C.K. Mishra, Secretary, EF&CC to discuss the urgent steps for air pollution mitigation and regulating fire crackers in the light of Supreme Court’s order. In the meeting, it was emphasized that all necessary steps should be taken to ensure that air quality levels are not allowed to go into the severe category in the next one week.

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Delhi will have 44 teams to control pollution and the cities in NCR region namely Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad shall have two teams each. Field teams will be supported by the local police to ensure compliance and safety.

All the DMs and MCD commissioners shall be involved in the campaign to ensure that quick action is taken in the cases of violations reported by the field teams. In case of repeat violations, criminal proceedings against defaulters will be initiated.

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It was also directed that Government of Delhi shall immediately deploy 400 water sprinklers / tankers as already committed. Construction sites will be closed temporarily for a few days to improve air quality.

No distinction be made between governmental or private agencies for this purpose. Further all agencies should ensure no local biomass and industrial waste burning. The industry should be closed if found violating the instructions. No truck should be allowed to move uncovered while carrying C&D waste. In case of violation, the truck should be confiscated. Delhi Traffic Police should launch a special drive for lane driving.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Delhi, Special Commissioner, Delhi Police, Commissioners of MCDs, DMs of the various districts of Delhi and DMs of Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad.

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