As air quality dips, Delhi govt to conduct surprise inspections to check pollution violations

New Delhi: To deal with problem of air pollution, Delhi government on Thursday rolled out slew of measures including forming of six-member committee – which would conduct surprise inspections to check violations contributing towards air pollution.

For the very first time in this season, Delhi’s air quality on Thursday stepped into “very poor” category. Meanwhile, Air Quality Index (AQI) is about to reach “severe” category in several localities in the national capital. On Thursday, the air quality index in Delhi read 313, primarily due to wind speed dropping to zero

Environment Minister Imran Hussain said inspections will be carried out to check ground level steps being taken by various government agencies including municipal corporation for prevention, control and mitigation of air pollution in Delhi. This six-member team includes SDM, senior police officer, civic agency representative and officials of environment department and PWD.

The Minister has also sought the details and schedule of the operation of mechanical sweeping and sprinkling vehicles being operated by these bodies including the PWD.

As per the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), mechanical sweeping and water sprinkling of the roads is one of the important means to check/curb air pollution.

Further, Member Secretary (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) will accompany the minister during surprise inspections.

Hussain has also directed that Development Agencies should ensure all construction sites should adhere to the Construction and Demolition Waste Rules, 2016 to avoid any dust emission from construction activities.

No Construction Material should be kept open and regular sprinkling of water at all construction sites must be done. All high rise building should have the arrangement of water sprinkling for dust suppression. Strict action against the violators of norms should immediately be initiated by the respective authority.

Hussain has further directed all the stakeholder departments/agencies to intensify their actions as per the various categories of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) and ensure all preparedness to deal with winter season episodic air pollution in Delhi.