New Delhi (NVI): The Air Quality Commission in Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas has directed Pollution Control Boards a strict enforcement of dust control measures to curb air pollution in the region.
According to an official statement, “The Commission of Air Quality Management (CAQM) reviewed the deteriorating air quality situation and has directed strict enforcement of dust control measures to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR.”
It added that strict action must be taken against violators of construction demolition waste rules and the guidelines. “Commission’s direction came after it reviewed dust control measures for National Capital Region including NCT of Delhi,” the Ministry of Environment said in a statement.
The body issued statutory directions to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCB) and pollution control boards to constitute teams for inspection and strict enforcement of dust control measures.
It has also issued directions to levy environment compensation charge from violators and stoppage or prohibition of construction or demolition activities based on extent of violations.
The statement further said, “Dust emanating from the construction and demolition activities continues to be a major source of air pollution throughout the year.”
However, such activities generate significant amount of dust, adversely impacting the Air quality by raising PM2.5 and PM10 levels.
“In order to ensure strict compliance of construction and demolition waste management rules notified by the Ministry of Environment and guidelines on dust mitigation measures, the Commission has directed the CPCB, State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) of Haryana, Rajasthan, UP and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to constitute surprise inspection teams,” the statement read.
They will also furnish fortnightly inspection reports to the commission regarding compliance of rules with respect to construction and demolition activities in NCR, it added.