The air shed of the national capital region is already
saturated and it has no room left for more pollution.
EPCA also took serious note of the recent reports on
the practice of burning post harvest paddy stubble in the agricultural
fields of Punjab and its contribution to the severe smog in Delhi.
Satellite images released by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) showed large number of fires over agriculture
fields of Punjab. EPCA discussed the nature of the problem and the
remedial measures in the high powered meeting it convened.
EPCA emphasized that while Delhi would need to step
up its action to curb the alarmingly high pollution levels, NCR-wide
action plan has become an urgency to ensure that trans-boundary effects
of pollution is minimized.
Save Delhi from
Based on the information and status of action
presented by the respective state governments, EPCA gave directions to
declare paddy straw burning in Punjab and Haryana an offence, ensure
complete ban on it in two years and execute plans for power generation
and bio-methanation, using left-over rice/ paddy straw in the next two
In order to effectively implement the ban, EPCA
sought Central Government support to the proposal from the two states to
provide 50 per cent subsidy on price of new agricultural equipment “Zero
till seeding fertilizer machine” or “Rotavator” that, while recycling
the straw, has three advantages like, stop burning of left-over straw
after harvesting, fertilize the soil and carbon capture in the soil.
In a separate meeting convened with Environment and
Transport Department officials of NCR region (Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon
and Faridabad), APCA directed the Officials of Transport Department,
Delhi and respective states to take stringent action on gross polluting
vehicles by holding inspection at five border points and stop any
vehicle emitting dark smoke from entering or exiting border and initiate
action against the defaulters.
Officials of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana State
Pollution Control Board looking after Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and
Faridabad region are asked to take immediate and stepped up measures
towards enforcement of pollution norms by industries and ban on garbage
and leaf burning. They will also ensure that generator sets used by both
industries and commercial establishments meet the emissions norms.
To ensure effective monitoring of action, EPCA has
asked the concerned state departments to send weekly update on actions
taken. Officials of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana State Pollution Control
Board looking after Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad region are
advised to prepare and submit proposal to the Central Government for
installation of continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations in
critically polluted areas and pollution hotspots.
CAIT appeals Delhites to use eco-friendly Crackers
Taking into consideration the smog that has engulfed
the city of Delhi and expressing concern over possible increase in
pollution on Diwali because of fire crackers, Confederation of All India
Traders (CAIT) has advised the traders of Delhi in a communication sent
to more than 1000 small and big Trade Associations and Federations in
all parts of Delhi to use and promote environment friendly crackers.
CAIT has also advised cracker traders to educate their customers in the
While appealing the
traders to promote eco friendly crackers, CAIT said in a release that
“being a citizen of Delhi, the traders do have a responsibility to
participate in the drive of educating people about the ill effects of
crackers in increasing pollution that have hazardous impact on human
lakh traders across Delhi can play a vital role in making this drive
successful, believes CAIT.