Setting Ministry vigil in opposition to polluting actions in NCR, together with Haryana

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 14

Amid increasing air pollution in the Capital region the Centre on Wednesday escalated efforts for ensuring better air quality.

As many as 50 teams of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will be deployed to make extensive field visits from October 15 in Delhi and NCR towns – Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh; Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabgarh, Jhajjar, Panipat and Sonepat in Haryana and Bhiwadi, Alwar and Bharatpur in Rajasthan, according to an official statement.

These teams will specifically focus on hotspot areas where the problem is aggravated.

On spot reporting of major air polluting sources such as major construction activities without proper control measures, dumping of garbage and construction waste alongside the roads and on open plots, unpaved roads, open burning of garbage/industrial waste, etc. will be done using SAMEER App.

Feedback on polluting activities will be shared with the agencies concerned through an automated system, for quick action. Details will also be shared with state governments. This will help in taking timely actions and monitoring at appropriate levels by the agencies concerned.

A Central Control Room at the CPCB headquarters has been made functional for keeping track of pollution levels on hour to hour basis and overall coordination with state agencies. In addition, district wise nodal officers have been appointed for better management and coordination with teams.

Air quality in winter season is a major environmental concern in Delhi and NCR region. Various efforts are being taken since past five years for air quality management in the region. Although gradual year on year improvement in air quality has been observed, a lot needs to be done, it said.

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