Delhi government has convened a meeting of all concerned departments and organisations on Wednesday for control of air pollution. In the meeting, the department of environment will review measures in place for prohibition of burning any kind of garbage, leaves, waste, plastic, rubber, self-moulding compound and other such materials in the open.
Sources said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), all three municipal corporations of Delhi, Delhi Cantonment Board, Delhi Parks and Garden Society, Deputy Commissioners (Revenue) of all districts, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Information Technology Department have been asked to attend the meeting.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed Environment Minister Imran Hussain to take up the issue of crop burning with the state governments of Punjab and Haryana in their respective areas. It is a known source of particulate matter in the national capital. Kejriwal has also directed the department of environment to identify steps to prevent creation of smog over Delhi.
Ashok Lavasa, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change wrote to Sarvesh Kaushal, Chief Secretary, government of Punjab on November 2. Lavasa had requested “compliance to the advisory issued for curbing open burning of crops residue and biomass in fields and to the ‘National Policy for Management of Crop Residue-2014’ which emphasised on the adoption of the technical measures of crop residue, capacity building and training”.
It appears that both the advisory and the measures contained in the said policy have not been implemented, leading to the occurrence of smog in the NCR, the letter said.