New Delhi (NVI): The Air Quality Commission today directed all identified industries in the national capital to switch over to Piped Natural Gas (PNG) by January 31, as industrial sector is one of the major contributors to air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
According to an official statement, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in NCR and adjoining areas reviewed the progress of switching over of Industries operating in Delhi to PNG with the Delhi government, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).
About 1,644 of industrial units spread across 50 industrial areas in Delhi had been identified to switch over to PNG, the Ministry of Environment said in a statement.
“Though sizeable number of industries are using PNG, the commission stressed the need to switch over to PNG by all identified industries in Delhi considering the fact that industrial sector is one of the major contributors to air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR),” it added.
IGL and GAIL were impressed upon to complete the pipeline network, metering and associated infrastructure.
Furthermore, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), IGL and Delhi government were also asked to work in close coordination with the industrial units so as to target completion of infrastructure works and complete switch over to PNG, by all the identified industrial units in Delhi by January 31, 2021, the ministry said.
DPCC was also directed to inspect and identify the industries using unapproved fuels and to take stringent penal action in case of non-compliances, it added.