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Dust control measures thrown to the winds in Okhla

Following directions from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last week, the PWD launched massive dust control operations to combat air pollution. However, many residents were left stumped when they saw some workers filling potholes on Batla House road with building materials, leading to dust in that particular area.

When asked, one worker said the road will be constructed soon and hence it is being leveled. Two days have gone by and road construction is yet to start. This is not something new to residents, who said in the locality used of construction material to fill potholes which after some days deteriorate is not something new.

All told, earlier in the week the details of the ongoing operations are as follows:

To control dust pollution footpaths, kerbs and central verges are being washed using water jets through tankers. For this purpose 54 tankers as on 09-11-2016 (Wednesday) have been deployed on arterial roads.

Currently as per the traffic restriction these tankers are deployed between 11.00 AM to 04.00 PM only and each tankers on and average can make two trips only. Joint Commissioner (Traffic), Delhi Police has been requested on 09-11-2016 for relaxation of traffic norms for operation of tankers. The details of manpower, tankers and maintenance van deployed on different dates are as below:

Pace of Horticulture activity has been improved. Bald patches at green spaces on central verges and footpaths are unable to hold top soil which contributes to air pollution. These are being repaired.

In the interim period to control the dust pollution on roads, PWD has also undertaken the task of sweeping and cleaning of dust and removal of malba along central verges, kerbs and footpaths. Broken footpaths, kerbs, central verges and road surfaces also add to air pollution as loose particles increase abrasive action thereby resulting in generation of dust. Therefore these road elements are being repaired and maintained. Adequate number of manpower and materials have been deployed for these purposes.

Further, tenders for 15 fresh mechanised sweepers has been invited which is due to be received on 11-11-2016 (Friday) and the vacuum sweeping of roads will start immediately thereafter. Initially vacuum sweeping will be started with a frequency of once a week on all PWD arterial road having ROW 100 feet and above and later on for other PWD Roads in phased manner.

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