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Delhi Govt gears up to control air pollution during the festive season - 29/9/2016

DIRECTORATE OF INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY

GOVERNMENT OF NCT OF DELHI

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                                          Date: 29.09.2016

 

Delhi government gears up to control air pollution during the festive season

 

Delhi Government will soon launch an awareness campaign to highlight the extreme adverse impact of fire crackers on the air quality during the Diwali season, and will take action against the sale and use of Chinese crackers.

Following directions from the Chief Minister in the wake of the latest report of the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to which Delhi has been rated as the second most air polluted city, the situation was reviewed by the Environment Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

This was decided in a review meeting of the Environment Department chaired by Minister Imran Hussain alongwith the senior officers of Environment and Forest Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

During the interaction, the Minister emphasized the need to control air and noise pollution during the Diwali season.  He directed the Environment Department to take all necessary measures for launching the campaign drive.

Mr Hussain stated that Chinese crackers are a health and safety hazard.  The use of Chinese crackers increases manifold in the festive season and such use is also a major source of air and noise pollution, causing respiratory problems particularly among the elderly and  children.

The Minister directed the Department to hold regular meetings with land owning agencies including Municipal bodies for review of action taken against the violators indulging in burning of dry leaves, waste and plastic material etc., in the open. The violators of dust control norms viz. the owners/ builders and vehicles should be effectively punished, so that air quality can be improved.

It was pointed out in the meeting that with the onset of forthcoming winter season lower layers of atmosphere get cooler and consequently, one sees rise in air pollution in the city. Further the air pollution gets aggravated due to burning of crop residues in the neighbouring states and that the situation further gets worsened on the eve of Diwali festival with the bursting of fire crackers which also adds to the heightened levels of noise pollution causing health related problems especially to senior citizens and children.

The Minister informed that in this background, there is an urgent and pressing need for  effectively managing and controlling air pollution.

He asked the Environment Department to urgently review the matter with stakeholders and take proactive steps including conducting awareness campaigns and drives, in order to control the menace of air and noise pollution to the extent possible.

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