Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar at this time flagged off 50 inspection groups of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for area visits in Delhi-NCR to maintain a watch on air pollution sizzling spots in the course of the winter season and urged the Punjab authorities to curb stubble burning.
He stated stubble burning, nonetheless, just isn’t a significant component for air air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
“Only 4 per cent pollution is due to stubble burning. Ninety-six per cent of it is due to local factors like biomass burning, garbage dumping, unpaved roads, dust, construction and demolition activities, etc.,” he informed reporters at his residence in Delhi.
Mr Javadekar stated his throat choked with the smoke from burning of crop residue throughout a latest go to to Ludhiana.
“I appeal to the Punjab government to swing into action and curb stubble burning. I went to attend a programme in Ludhiana last year. On my way back, my throat choked due to the smoke from stubble burning even when I was in an air-conditioned car. It is harmful for everyone, including people living there. The Punjab government should ensure there is not much stubble burning this time,” the minister stated.
Addressing the nodal officers of the CPCB groups, he stated, “You will work for next two months and take note of all activities and complaints. You will inspect all factors. You have the right to file a report on your observations and strict action will be taken.”
He stated, “The way corona warriors are appreciated, you (CPCB officials) all are warriors fighting pollution and we highly appreciate you. We will meet after two months.”
The minister stated that whereas on one hand there may be stubble burning, on the opposite there may be rubbish being burnt by public and “even by karamchaaris”.
“We have to keep a watch on that too,” he stated.
Mr Javadekar urged individuals to keep away from congested routes and go for different routes even when they’re longer.
“I appeal to people to not go to already congested areas and take longer routes. Use cycles for nearby work,” he stated.
The 50 CPCB groups will make in depth area visits from October 15 to February 28 subsequent yr and deal with sizzling spots the place air air pollution is aggravated, the setting ministry stated.
They will go to Delhi and NCR cities Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut in Uttar Pradesh; Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabgarh, Jhajjar, Panipat, Sonepat in Haryana; and Bhiwadi, Alwar, Bharatpur in Rajasthan.
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