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Dust control measures flouted with impunity in Okhla turning air toxic

Dust control measures flouted with impunity in Okhla turning air toxic.

Though the City Government is taking strict action against dust control to clean air in Okhla the situation is yet to improve with the measures being flouted with impunity.

Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday held a meeting with Nodal Officers of implementing agencies/departments including Department of Revenue, PWD, Transport, three MCDs, NDMC, DDA, DCB, DPCC and Traffic Police regarding prohibition of burning of any kind of garbage, leaves, waste, plastic, rubber etc and dust control at construction sites.

The Minister reviewed action taken by various agencies/Departments tasked with the responsibility of prohibition of burning in the open and prevention of dust at construction sites.

It was observed that almost all the inspections in North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations have resulted in issuance of challans for violations noticed. The minister directed these bodies along with other agencies to increase the vigil in their respective areas in order to have effective control over air pollution due to burning and dust.

East Delhi Municipal Corporation was directed to ensure that punitive action as per law is taken against the violators especially those at land fill sites.

Delhi Development Authority was asked to make inspections more meaningful as there are instances of burning especially in O zone area along the Yamuna Riverbed.

Hussain was also apprised by Delhi Traffic Police officials that non-destined vehicles are not being permitted to enter Delhi and are being returned on the ‘U’ turns at the borders. It was also informed that action is being taken against the trucks found transporting building material uncovered.

The Minister directed Traffic Police to take action against building material Suppliers stocking building material on the road sides and not complying with dust control norms.

PWD was directed to take action against violators including the builder/contractor constructing central verge at Madhuban Mother Diary Road where dust control measures are reportedly not being taken.

All the agencies were also directed to send compliance report on complaints forwarded by DPPC through Whats App group.

The Minister (E&F) opined that collection of challan money is secondary while ensuring compliance for air pollution control has to be the priority. He also directed DPCC to carry out random counter checking of the inspection reports submitted by the Nodal officers.

Nodal Officers of the Departments/agencies were directed to attend the next meeting with complete details of inspections for ensuring effective monitoring of action being taken by them.

The Minister once again urged all to effectively undertake air pollution control measures. He said that we all have the responsibility of providing the citizens good ambient air quality.

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