New Delhi, August 18: In a bid to tackle rising air pollution in the Capital city, lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal on Thursday ordered Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to setting up of 20 more pollution-monitoring stations before Diwali.
New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has been tasked to prepare an SOP for dust control at construction sites and other related parameters in consultation with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) within two weeks, which could be uniformly adopted by all municipal corporations and other construction agencies. He stressed that such an SOP should be feasible and enforceable.
LG directed that an intensive anti-firecrackers campaign should be undertaken particularly targeting school-children who are the best ambassadors of change. As such, the Directorate of Education was asked to issue necessary directions to the school principals to educate the students during morning assembly and other events.
Among other measures, he said that the Transport Department was also directed to finalize the draft Parking Policy expeditiously after a careful consideration of comments from all concerned.
Notably, Delhi’s air quality has suffered more in the first two weeks of August as compared to the same time last year, data collated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) shows. Moreover, Delhi is the second most polluted city among the neighbouring ones including Gurgaon, Faridabad, Agra and Ghaziabad.