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LG chairs emergency meeting in view of severe dust pollution in Delhi

LG chairs emergency meeting in view of severe dust pollution in Delhi

New Delhi, June 14 (UNI) Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday chaired an emergency meeting in view of severe dust pollution in Delhi.

The meeting was attended by Environment and Forest Minister Imran Hussain, Chief Secretary, Delhi; Bhure Lal, Chairman, EPCA, Principal Secretary(PWD),GNCTD; Commissioner, SDMC, Managing Director, DMRC; Secretary (Environment & Forest), GNCTD; Engineer-in-Chief, PWD; Member Secretary, DPCC; Conservator of Forest, GNCTD, Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

It was informed to the LG that air pollution levels have reached severe category in the national capital which is mainly due to wind blowing dust from western parts of the country.

Mr Lal further informed the LG that he has already sent an advisory to the Chief Secretary of Delhi stressing the need of water sprinkling to control dust pollution and monitoring of construction sites.

'After detailed deliberations on the current situation of air pollution in Delhi, following directions were issued--stopping Civil Engineering construction activities in Delhi from June 15-17. Municipal Corporations, DPCC and all construction agencies to enforce it. Agencies engaged in construction activities like DMRC, NBCC, NHAI, MCDs etc shall strictly enforce dust control measures at their respective construction sites,' an official statement from Raj Niwas said.

'Municipal Corporations and PWD to intensify mechanical road sweepings, sprinkling of non-potable water at central verges and roadsides and stop brooming activity on main roads.Municipal Corporations, DDA and SDMs to strictly enforce prohibition on open burning of garbage, plastics and leaves etc,' it said.

'Municipal Corporations, DPCC and PWD to impose fine/penalties on all road construction agencies/contractors, where there are inadequate dust control measures,' it said.

Mr Lal and Ms Narain emphasised that there is a need of continuous monitoring by all agencies and vigilant action is needed in this emergency hour.

'A massive plantation exercise from July 15 to September 15 shall be undertaken across Delhi. To welcome participation of residents, information about procurement of saplings, identified areas for plantation activities etc will be provided by Forest Department, GNCTD,' the statement said.

The LG stressed upon participation of people including RWAs, Eco-Clubs in schools etc to give a sense of ownership to this programme.

All agencies concerned have been asked to submit their respective plans for plantation programme to the Forest Department.

The LG directed for continuous monitoring by all agencies to ensure compliance with above measures.

'A review meeting would be convened tentatively on June 25 and thereafter, implementation would be regularly monitored,' it added.

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