Meeting to draw action plan to tackle pollution in Delhi in Winter

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New Delhi, Oct 27 (UNI) A meeting was today convened by the Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta to draw up an action plan for tackling air pollution during the coming Winter season.

The meeting, attended by Chairman of the Environment Pollution Control Authority, Bhure Lal, Director Centre for Science&Environment, Sunita Narain, Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, Commissioner (MCD), Secretary, Environment and Forest, Commissioner Transport, Secretary (Power) and representatives of the NDMC and the Police, decided that the Delhi Pollution control committee would carry out strict monitoring of the diesel generators. It was also decided that the pollution generated on account of two coal based power stations i.e. I.P. Station and Raj Ghat Station, would be strictly monitored.

The Committee decided to take up awareness campaign against burning of dry leaves and instead taking measures to compost them so as to reduce the impact of air pollution in winter.

Reviewing the programme of setting up 500 Pollution Under Control Centres, the Commissioner of Transport stated that the networking of all the 500 Centres through a computerized system with the Department of Environment would be completed within a month.

The Chairman, EPCA, Bhure Lal desired that the MCD should take measures to ensure that non-destined vehicles do not enter Delhi and the toll operator should be given clear directions in this regard.

It was decided that all efforts should be made to see that there is a check on haziness in the air which is normally found in winter season in Delhi.

It was also decided to appeal to the public to desist from bursting fire crackers, which adds to air pollution. The CPCB would be monitoring the air pollution after Diwali to assess the impact of Diwali crackers on the air pollution.

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