CPCB to Monitor Air Quality in Delhi

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According to Union Minister of Environment, Prakash Javadekar, the Government will immediately set up a Control Room in Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to undertake a daily review of levels of air pollution and monitor air quality in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).

He said directions will be issued shortly under Section 18 of Air Act to improve the air quality in Delhi and National Capital Region.

The Minister reviewed the one-year action plan submitted by various state governments in July this year at today’s meeting.

All the state governments will submit three-month reports to the Centre on the steps taken to reduce air pollution and improve the ambient air quality.

Various measures were suggested to reduce and eliminate stubble burning. These include – viable alternatives to discourage stubble burning, imposing a ban and providing subsidies on bail machines.

MEASURES TAKEN BY STATES TO REDUCE POLLUTION

While Punjab government has started an awareness programme to educate farmers on the ill-effects of burning stubble and burning of biomass, Rajasthan government has banned stubble burning in the state through a notification issued in August this year.

In Punjab, mechanised road cleaning has been started in Mohali and it will soon be expanded to include other cities. The Rajasthan government has increased the number of PUC checkpoints from 475 to 800.

In Delhi, strict enforcement of Pollution Under Control (PUC) norms has been stepped up. Recently, one lakh vehicles were checked, out of which 70, 000 vehicles were found to have valid PUCs.

The number of PUC checking points has been increased. The trials for Waste to Energy plant at Ghazipur have been conducted successfully and the plant will be formally inaugurated soon. Delhi government has also sent a letter to 2, 000 schools and eco-clubs, requesting them to say no to firecrackers and minimise the use of firecrackers on Diwali.

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