LG Anil Baijal Plans Clean Air for Delhi Campaign

Delhi LG Anil Baijal in the streets of Delhi
Delhi LG Anil Baijal in the streets of Delhi

The Lt. Governor (LG) of Delhi Anil Baijal has reviewed an action plan to combat air pollution in Delhi. Secretary (Environment) briefed the LG about “Clean Air for Delhi Campaign” which is scheduled to take place from 10 – 23 February, 2018 in order to create environment awareness.

It was further informed that the campaign will be jointly conducted by the Government of Delhi and Government of India. Baijal suggested to prepare a concrete operational plan for the campaign.

Solid Waste Management Timelines proposed by all the Municipal Corporations were reviewed and LG directed that the timelines of various activities be compressed within 08-16 months.

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Commissioner (Transport) briefed the LG about the draft “Delhi Scrapping of Vehicle Rules 2018” for scrapping of 15-year old vehicles under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Secretary Environment–cum-Chairman, DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) informed that another air quality assessment study is being discussed with IIT Kanpur. Further, 83 home guards as Environment Marshals have been deployed in wards of three municipal corporations.

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The Environmental Marshals are connected with Sanitation Inspector (SI) of respective MCDs Supervisor officers of DPCC through Whatsapp group.

Baijal directed to increase the number of Environmental Marshals after a thorough review of their performance in the field. It was further informed that action is being taken against polluting industries.

Final notification on approved fuels would be issued after 15th February, 2018, and a drive to convert all industrial units from using fossil fuels to PNG has been initiated by DPCC.

Baijal directed all the agencies to complete their actions for combating air pollution keeping in view the onset of next winter. He stated that all the agencies should adhere to the time-bound schedule for various activities identified and also generate awareness among the public on a continuous basis for improving the air quality in Delhi.

Photo courtesy: LG office

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