Agencies directed to intensify drives to check open burning menace to check air pollution

Environment Minister Mr Imran Hussain on Wednesday convened a meeting of stakeholder Departments/ Agencies authorised by the Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (NGT) for levying compensation for burning of leaves, garbage, plastic, rubber etc. in open.

The meeting was attended by the senior Officers of Municipal Corporations, NDMC, Delhi Cantt. Board, SDMs and Tehsildars as well as Officers of Environment Department of Delhi government.

In the meeting, the Minister reviewed the action taken by the Municipal Corporations/ Bodies as well as SDMs and Tehsildars. It was informed by the Municipal Corporations/ Bodies that they have sensitised the officials, mallis etc., about the banning of burning of leaves, garbage, plastic etc., by Hon’ble NGT and regarding their responsibility for taking action against the violators.

Municipal Corporations/ Bodies informed that they have prominently displayed the Notice Board in the parks under their respective control informing the public about the prohibition of burning in open. These Agencies also informed that important numbers have been placed on the website for enabling the public to lodge complaint about the instances of burning in the open.

Corporations informed that challans for imposition of compensation have been issued and appropriate fine has also been collected from the violators.

SDMs and Tehsildars were also briefed and sensitised about the delegation of powers conferred to them for levy of compensation from the violators found indulged in burning of material in open.

The Minister specifically directed them to increase the vigil in their respective areas especially at odd hours.

All the Agencies were directed to increase inspections in the coming days as the pollution levels are likely to increase on the eve of Diwali as well as burning of agriculture residue in the neighbouring States.

Mr Imran Hussain directed all the concerned Agencies to send the reports of inspections done, challan issued, compensation levied and collected etc., to Environment Department at regular intervals.

The Minister emphasised the need to take action against the violators in order to reduce air pollution by all the concerned agencies and further informed that a review meeting will be taken by him in fortnight time.

SAY NO TO FIRE CRACKERS CAMPAIGN INTENSIFIES

Continuing with the SAY NO TO FIRE CRACKERS campaign, Environment Minister Mr Imran Hussain on Wednesday flagged it off at Bal Bhavan Public School, Mayur Vihar Phase-II.

More than 1,500 students took part in the rally and pledged that they will not only stay away from fire crackers themselves, but they will also spread the message of not bursting fire crackers in their neighbourhoods too.

Delhi Government is promoting the campaign so that young and budding citizens of Delhi could imbibe the message about harmful effects of bursting of fire crackers.

The progamme was also attended by the senior officers of Environment Department of Delhi Government.