India: Provinces around Delhi to set up anti-pollution control room

BY APD NEWSDec 07,2017 at 14:12

By APD writer Rishika Chauhan

NEW DELHI, December 7 (APD)-The four provinces in the National Capital Region (NCR) have been directed to set up a control room to tackle complaints about the implementation of the antipollution plan.

The provinces of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, will be implementing the devised graded response action plan (GRAP) to minimize air pollution.

The Environment Pollution Control and Prevention Authority (EPCPA), which has been appointed by the Supreme Court has given the directions.

“EPCA directs that the state governments of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan to establish a control room where people can lodge complains regarding incidences of violations of rules such as ban on solid waste burning" the EPCA directions stressed.

It further explained, “rules for construction and demolition waste; ban on DG sets; closure of brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers and appropriate control measures for road dust.”

In the advisory, the EPCA informed, “On December 3-4, 2017, the pollution level had reached the ‘severe’ category. Also, according to a forecast, in the coming days the mixing height and wind speed will decrease accompanied by the presence of moisture. Due to this, the air quality is likely to worsen.”

However, the air quality improved on Wednesday. From very ‘poor’, the Air Quality Index fell to poor category after two weeks.

D Saha, the head of the air quality laboratory at CPCB, said, “The levels have almost halved over the past 48 hours.”

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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