Every year the capital city fights the war on air pollution. So How Is Delhi Government Planning To Control Pollution in 2018-19? Observing that air quality in the national capital was “severe” for most of the month, The apex environment watchdog, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).
“The statistics clearly show that all the time, the ambient air quality of NCT of Delhi is polluted and for most of the period of the month it is severe and above. This is the quality of air that we are providing to the people living in the national capital region (NCR) Delhi and national capital territory (NCT) of Delhi.
The air quality level is likely to dip further, sources in the EPCA say.
Here is what the plan looks like as reported by Economic Times:
- Starting today, measures that have been implemented to improve air quality in Delhi include ban on garbage burning, mechanised sweeping of roads, impounding of polluting vehicles and deploying traffic police for smooth flow of traffic at vulnerable points.
- Currently, the air quality in Delhi is ‘poor’ and only moderate measures are put in place, but authorities have predicted that it would reach the ‘very poor’ category in the next couple of days.
- If the air quality is in moderate to poor category- measures, like stopping garbage burning in landfills and other places, and enforcing all pollution control regulations in brick kilns and industries, would be implemented.
- If it falls to severe level, steps like increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads, a sprinkling of water on roads and identifying road stretch with high dust generation.
- Under severe plus emergency category, entry of trucks into Delhi will be banned, construction activities will be stopped and a task force will be appointed to take a decision on any additional steps, including shutting of schools.
- Satellite images from the NASA have shown rampant stubble burning activity in Punjab and Haryana.
- The burning of crop residue in Punjab and Haryana has increased significantly over the past 10 days.
- Burning of paddy straw every year during October and November and wheat straw during April in Punjab and Haryana are the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, as the smoke travels towards the national capital. In Delhi, it mixes with the fog and creates a toxic smoggy winter every year.