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Centre steps in to curb air pollution in Delhi, NCR; lists steps to be taken immediately by neighbouring states

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Last Updated: December 30, 2015, 22:33 IST

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Javadekar said municipal agencies have been asked to undertake sprinkling of water and putting up of curtains to control air pollution from construction and demolition activities.

New Delhi: With pollution levels in the national capital rising to an alarming level, the Centre has stepped in and directed Delhi and three neighbouring states to take immediate steps to tackle the menace. The Centre had sought action against "visibly polluting vehicles", mechanised sweeping of roads, creation of green buffers along highways and effective disposal of construction debris to control dust.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the directions under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act have been issued to Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Javadekar said that while mechanised sweeping of roads will be introduced to control dust, municipal agencies have been asked to undertake sprinkling of water and putting up of curtains to control air pollution from construction and demolition activities.

"We have issued specific directions. There has to be immediate action on visibly polluting vehicles, check the over-loaded transport vehicles as it causes pollution, weighing machines should be immediately installed at the entry points, no parking on non-designated areas should be allowed, stringent action against bio-mass burning, immediate stoppage of unauthorised brick kilns," Javadekar said.

Coming down hard on pollution emanating from construction and transportation of debris, Javadekar said, "Directions have also been issued to ensure strict action against unauthorized brick kilns in an effort to control air pollution caused by industries."

Immediate action also include preventing parking of vehicles in the non-designated areas, introduction of early alarm system for benefit of commuters related to traffic congestion on major routes for route diversion, considering introducing plan for flexi/staggered timings to minimise peak movement of vehicles on the road, taking steps for retrofitting of diesel vehicles with particulate filters.

The Centre also asked the states to create green buffers along traffic corridors.

Control of Vehicular Emissions:

S NOAction PlansTime frame for implementation
1Launch extensive awareness drive against polluting vehicles;Immediate
2Ensure Strict action against visibly polluting vehicles;Immediate
3Install weigh in motion bridges at Delhi borders to prevent overloading;Immediate
4Take steps to prevent parking of vehicles in the non-designated areas;Immediate
5Introduce early alarm system for benefit of commuters related to traffic
congestion on major routes for route
diversion ;
Immediate
6Consider introducing plan for Flexi/staggered timings to minimize peak
movement of vehicles on the road;
Immediate
7Take steps for retrofitting of diesel vehicles with Particulate Filters;Immediate
8De-congest pathways;Immediate
9Synchronize traffic movements / Introduce intelligent traffic systems for
lane-driving;
30 days
10Install vapor recovery system in fueling stations30 days
11Take steps for installation of remote sensor based PUC system etc.;90 days
12Formulate action plan for controlling decongestion of fuel stations
including increasing number of dispensing machines;
90 days
13Prepare action plan to check fuel adulteration and random monitoring of
fuel quality data;
90 days
14Prepare action plan for public transport on CNG mode;90 days
15Undertake road widening and improvement of infrastructure for
decongestion of road;
90 days
16Promote battery operated vehicles;90 days
17Take steps to expedite early completion of Western and Eastern Peripheral
expressway and submit completion schedule
60 days


Control of Road Dust/Re-suspension of dust and other fugitive emission:

S NOAction PlansTime frame for implementation
1Formulate action plan for creation of green buffers along the traffic
corridors;
Immediate
2Introduce wet/ mechanized vacuum sweeping of roads;30 days
3Maintain pot holes free roads for free-flow of traffic to reduce
emissions and dust;
60 days
4Introduce water fountains at major traffic intersection, wherever
feasible;
90 days
5Undertake greening of open
areas, gardens, community places, schools and housing societies.
90 days
6Take steps for blacktopping / pavement of road shoulders to avoid road
dust;
180 days



Control of Air Pollution from Bio-Mass Burning:


S NOAction PlansTime frame for implementation
1Take stringent action against open burning of bio-mass/leaves/tyres etc
to control such activities and submit periodic status reports;
Immediate
2Ensure proper collection of horticulture waste (bio-mass) and
composting–cum-gardening approach;
Immediate
3Ensure strict enforcement of ban on burning of agriculture waste and crop
residues
Immediate
4Prohibit use of coal in hotels and restaurants and eliminate use of
kerosene for cooking in Delhi;
60 days


Control of Industrial Air Pollution

S NOAction PlansTime frame for implementation
1Ensure strict action against unauthorized brick kilns30 days
2Ensure strict action against industrial units not complying with
standards ;
60 days
3Enforce strict compliance of conversion of Natural draft brick kilns to
induced-draft;
90 days
4Launch action plan for switching over to natural gas by industries,
wherever feasible.
120 days


Control of Air Pollution from Construction and Demolition Activities:

S NOAction PlansTime frame for implementation
1Control dust pollution at construction sites through appropriate coverImmediate
2Undertake control measures for fugitive emissions from material handling,
conveying and screening operations through water sprinkling, curtains,
barriers and dust suppression units;
30 days
3Ensure carriage of construction material in closed/covered vessels;30 days


Other Steps to Control Air Pollution:


S NOAction PlansTime frame for implementation
1Set-up helpline in States/UT for taking action against reported
non-compliance;
Immediate
2Evolve a system of reporting of garbage /municipal solid waste burning
through mobile based applications and other social media platform linked with
Central and State level Control Rooms ;
30 days
3Establish Standard Operating Procedure to provide quick and effective
response to complaints
30 days
4Take steps for maximizing coverage of LPG / PNG for domestic cooking purposes with
intention of achieving 100%;
90 days
5Ensure DG sets meeting the
standards only be allowed to operate
30 days
6Promote use of LPG instead of coal in restaurants/ dhabas/ road side
eateries;
90 days
7Undertake Satellite based monitoring for tracking and enforcing
agriculture waste burning;
90 days
8Take steps for setting up of bio-mass based power generation units to
avoid bio-mass burning.
1 year
first published:December 30, 2015, 22:33 IST
last updated:December 30, 2015, 22:33 IST