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Environ min reviews status of air quality in Delhi, orders strict steps to control pollution

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New Delhi | Thursday, Oct 12 2017 IST
 
Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Thursday took stock of the Ambient Air Quality in the capital in view of ongoing festival season and burning of agricultural residue in neighbouring states.In a meet with senior officers of the Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, the Ministerexpressed concern about the Ambient Air Quality conditions since first week of October, since Delhi is facing poor condition for the last few days. The minister observed, " Since Diwali is just a week away and agricultural residue burning in neighbouring states is continuing unabated , it may impact Delhi's air quality and cumulative effect of use of fire crackers and emission from other anthropogenic sources may lead to a more deteriorated condition.''Therefore, he directed to keep a strict vigil on any type of open burning in Delhi so that local contribution to air pollution be avoided.Mr Hussain further directed strict enforcement measures to control emission from construction activities. He also directed that the violators of dust control norms and those found burning waste/plastic/garbage among others in the open be penalized, an official statement said. Mr Hussain also directed strict enforcement of directions dated October 9, of the Supreme Court regarding ban on sale of crackers, which also trigger air pollution in the environment. He asked the Environment Department to constitute special teams to check the sale of crackers in various markets in Delhi. Any violation will be reported by these teams to Delhi Police. The copy of the judgment of the apex court has been forwarded to the Departments concerned includingDelhi Police, Divisional Commissioner among others for compliance, the statement noted. In addition to the above, Environment Department is organizing awareness campaigns against use of fire crackers. The Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has also urged Principals of schools and colleges for promoting "No Use of Firecrackers Campaign" through Eco-Clubs by organizing nukkad nataks, padyatras, expert lectures and workshops involving students. UNI SY SHK 1931

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