Jayant Upadhyay

At the month of November, 2017, the air pollution level in Delhi peaked 40 times the world health organization safe level marks (Source: NDTV)

The dawn of winter last year brought the capital city of Delhi under the wraps of a public health emergency with alarming air quality. The blanket of smog covering the city reduced visibility and affected the lives of thousands temporarily. However, the government is wholly committed to curbing the air pollution levels in Delhi and has promised various measures for the same. The Union Environment Ministry has joined hands along with the Delhi Government to take strict actions to curtail the intensifying levels of air pollution in Delhi.

  • Air Quality Monitoring: DPCC or Delhi Pollution Control Committee plans to ensure a sufficient system of monitoring stations for air quality in the city. Also, there is an upcoming helpline for registering grievances of particular violations. It is also proposed to come up with an app through which citizens can easily photograph and upload breaches for quick counteractive actions.
  • Power Plants & Brick Kilns: The union ministry of environment is developing a dashboard consisting of NCR’s red category polluting units along with time-bound curtailment measures for these power plants. An authorised pollution meter is also required for these units within their grounds. Brick kilns operating in NCR without clearance will come under the purview of strict measures against them. All brick kilns will be required to move on to zig-zag technology.
  • Dust Management: Mechanised road sweeping shall be increased from existing 15% to a prospective 40% in the next few months. Green paving of central verges, drain sides, and roadside berms are being taken up. Curtaining and water sprinkling are among a few measures that is required out stringently at the construction sites.
  • Solid Waste Management: The process of solid waste management has been urged to be decentralised and bio-degradable waste is now to be handled by various MCDs.
  • Transport: It is proposed to procure additional buses as well as increase metro coaches to improve last mile connectivity. Besides that, the government is denying entry to non-destined trucks by strict compliance of municipal charges and toll. The government of. Traffic congestion is aimed Delhi is promoting the use of electric vehicles and is promoting connected/shared mobility among the populace to be reduced by targeting the choke points of the city.
  • Co-ordination with neighbouring states: The government has proposed to coordinate with states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana to combat stubble burning. They also aim to continuously monitor enforcement measures to achieve a reduction In levels of stubble burning.
  • Clean Air Campaign: Environment ministry along with the state government and a few agencies have decided to launch a clean air campaign. Under this two-week long joint campaign, the main aim is to mitigate pollution by sensitizing ground level functionaries. They will be responsible for enforcing a regular environmental protection practice among the general population. 70 teams of officials will inspect and penalize air pollution violators in all the 70 constituencies.