Every year, just before the onset of winter, the Delhi-NCR region is choked with smog and the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches alarming levels. AFP.
New Delhi: Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday made anti-smog guns compulsory on all construction and demolition sites over 5,000 square meters in and around the city in a bid to improve air quality in the nation’s capital ahead of the winter season.
The move is part of the Delhi government’s 15-point action plan to tackle winter air pollution. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch his government’s 15-point action plan on September 30 to tackle air pollution as the winter season approaches, the minister said. Environment.
“Action will be taken against project developers found guilty of violating the instruction to install anti-smog guns on construction and demolition sites larger than 5,000 square meters,” Rai said. to the media during a press briefing.
Previously, construction and demolition sites larger than 20,000 square meters had to install smog guns to control dust pollution and curb a rise in poor air quality.
The Delhi government’s winter action plan will focus on stubble management, dust pollution management, vehicle emissions, open burning of garbage, industrial pollution, pollution hotspots, smog towers, public participation, firecrackers and joint action with neighboring states, the environment minister said.
According to Rai, the revised graduated response action plan – a set of anti-air pollution measures followed in and around Delhi according to the severity of the situation will come into effect as soon as the Commission for Quality Management of the air will make ordinances in this regard. .
After recording its cleanest spell in the past three days, Delhi’s air quality declined slightly on Monday and Tuesday, although it remained well within the satisfactory category. Every year, just before the onset of winter, the Delhi-NCR region is choked with smog and the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches alarming levels. Large-scale stubble burning in the neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana as well as dust pollution emanating from several construction sites in the NCR region contribute to increased air pollution in the national capital.