The Delhi Government’s pollution monitoring agency – Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Saturday inspected 103 construction sites as part of its anti-dust campaign and imposed fines to 32 such sites to the tune of ` 15 lakhs for violating norms.
Environment Minister Gopal Ri expressed satisfaction with compliance of anti-dust measures in Khyber Pass area. “Today I conducted a surprise inspection of the construction site of a commercial complex. After inspection we found no violation of the rules,” Rai said.
“Teams of DPCC are inspecting construction sites,” Rai added. Rai also appealed private and Government agencies to follow anti-dust norms to control dust pollution.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s air quality started deteriorating. According to Central Government nodal agency - System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) forecast air quality will be poor in next there days. “Delhi’s AQI is in the moderate category with PM10 as fire emission upwind along with local and regional dust under dry conditions. With presence of such dry condition both fire emission and dust-suspension is going to degrade AQI will degrade to be in moderate to poor for next 3 days,” it said.
Value of harmful Suspended Particulate Matters (SPMs) on the National Ambient Air Quality index (NAAQI) recorded 184 and 76 for Particulate Matter 10 and 2.5 in (µgm-3) Delhi government initiated an anti-dust campaign on October 7 to control dust pollution.
To take this campaign to the ground, 31 teams have been formed which are working in different areas to monitor which construction agencies are following the guidelines issued by the government. Teams have also been instructed to submit daily reports. Along with this, it has also been directed that strict action should be taken against every single agency causing dust pollution, so that the pollution of dust can be controlled.