Marshals to Monitor Enforcement of Environment Laws in Delhi

Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal
Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal

The Delhi Administration plans to deploy ‘Environment Marshals’ in municipal wards for monitoring enforcement of environment laws.

By Rakesh Raman

The Delhi Administration headed by Lt. Governor Anil Baijal has directed various pollution-control agencies to submit 8-month and 16-month action plans. He was holding a meeting with the officials to discuss the measures to tackle increasing air pollution in the city.

According to an official communique released Friday, the Delhi Administration plans to deploy ‘Environment Marshals’ in municipal wards for monitoring enforcement of environment laws. A mobile app to report pollution incidents will also be launched.

As pollution continues to hover at dangerous levels in Delhi, people are already suffering from various ailments such as irritation in eyes, skin rashes, coughing, sneezing, hayfever, asthma attacks, and amnesia.

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Although people of all ages and orientations will get affected, the persisting pollution will dangerously harm children and senior citizens in the entire city of Delhi.

It is estimated that air pollution is directly attacking the lungs of more than 6 million children and senior citizens in the city as they are not able to breathe properly.

While Delhi has limited medical facilities to treat pollution-related diseases, Delhi BJP expects Delhi Government headed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to set up special chest clinics in all hospitals.

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Although Kejriwal claims that he has set up Mohalla Clinics (community health care centres) for the people of Delhi, they usually do not open to treat the patients.

Earlier, the Lt. Governor had reviewed the status of measures taken by various agencies to combat air pollution in Delhi.

It was informed to Lt. Governor that 18 new Real Time Air Pollution Monitoring Stations have been installed and are functional while two are under final stages of commissioning and calibration.

He was also informed that Badarpur Thermal Power Station has been closed with effect from 17th October, 2017.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and social activist. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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