Emphasising that tackling pollution is a collective
responsibility of all the stakeholders and that cooperation from all is
required, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh
Vardhan has expressed confidence that pollution will be tackled in a holistic
manner next year. Chairing a meeting on the issue of tackling air
pollution here today, Dr. Harsh Vardhan reiterated that the practice of holding
regular meetings with the Ministers of National Capital Region (NCR), to ensure
that all the activities on the ground are monitored closely, will be continued,
says an official release from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal, said
that all sources that have been identified will be tackled to ensure that
mitigation of air pollution is done effectively in Delhi. He added that the
Government of Delhi will work closely with all agencies in tackling pollution.
The meeting noted that the air quality in 2017 was better than the air quality in
2016. The number of good, moderate and satisfactory days in 2017 were 151,
whereas the same were 109 days in 2016. Similarly, the number of very poor,
poor and severe days in 2017 are 181, as compared to 214 days in 2016.
Some of the decisions taken at the meeting include –
Strict measures to be taken for
controlling dust pollution. Dust from major construction sites will be
monitored closely and any violation will be dealt with strictly. Mechanized
sweeping will be taken up on a large scale. All possible assistance will be
provided to the MCDs by the Central Government for increasing the scope of
Fire from municipal solid waste dump
sites will be tackled in an urgent manner. Innovative approaches, in consultation with Department of Science and
Technology, will be adopted at the earliest to ensure that the issue of
pollution is tackled;
noted that the Task Force Committee headed by Principal Secretary to Prime
Minister is examining the issue of stubble burning. It was further noted that
an action plan to address this issue will be ready in the next one month;
decided that the decision regarding ban on petcoke and furnace oil will be
strictly enforced in all the NCR states;
Police will be requested to tackle the issue of traffic congestion and parking
will be taken to increase availability of public transport in the medium term.
Pollution Control Boards will work in a proactive manner to ensure that
violators are dealt with strictly. They will also ensure that awareness
is created among the people. It was also decided that IEC activities to
increase awareness and seeking cooperation from the general public will be
taken up in a big way.
“Anti Pollution Drive” will be launched in the month of January, 2018 for 15
days, wherein there will be concerted action to tackle the issue of air
pollution by all the agencies; and
interaction to be maintained with Science and Technology institutions to use
innovative technologies available to tackle air pollution.
Today’s meeting was attended by Chief Minister of
Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Minister for PWD, Government of Delhi, Shri
Satendra Jain, Minister for Environment, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Dara
Singh Chauhan, Environment Minister, Government of Haryana, Shri Vipul
Goyal and Secretary, Environment, Government of Rajasthan and Chairman,
Pollution Control Board, Government of Punjab and senior officers from Delhi,
Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and MoEF&CC as well as CPCB.