Air pollution has been a major
preoccupation, almost an intense anxiety with the people of Delhi which was
recently described as a gas chamber. Claim for healthy lungs was a mounting
demand and the authorities were seriously taking all possible efforts to redeem
the city of the menace of air pollution. And the efforts have begun to yield
Union Minister of Environment, Forest
and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said, according to a release, that
Ministry is continuously pursuing the matter of Air Pollution Control in Delhi.
As directed, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had also called a
meeting with the implementing agencies to review the actions being taken for
better air quality in Delhi and NCR. “It was evident that because of sustained
actions by various agencies, the air quality has improved significantly”, the
Dr. Harsh Vardhan pointed out that air quality has further improved and the
Particulate Matter (PM) levels at 1800 hrs today were 243.9 (PM10) micrograms/cubic
meter and 153.6 (PM2.5) micrograms/cubic meter. The Minister added that all
actions including dust mitigation measures by the construction agencies are
being insisted upon.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that the Chairman CPCB, Secretary, DST and Chief
Secretary of Delhi Government had a meeting to discuss the issues of landfill
sites and both short and long-term measures required for effective control of
air pollution from the landfill sites.