Haryana pollution control board demands compliance with norms
The pollution control board asked all 13 national capital region (NCR) districts of Haryana on Monday to comply with the Air Prevention and Control of Pollution Act, 1981, with immediate effect.gurgaon Updated: Nov 08, 2016 00:06 IST
The pollution control board asked all 13 national capital region (NCR) districts of Haryana on Monday to comply with the Air Prevention and Control of Pollution Act, 1981, with immediate effect.
As toxic pollutants are trapped in the air even a week after Diwali celebrations, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has appealed to all regional offices to ensure the closure of operations of stone crushes and brick kilns for five days.
The pollution levels dipped slightly on Monday. The HSPCB data recorded the average level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at 467.78 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m³) compared to 680.42 µg/m³ on Sunday. The safe limit of PM2.5 is 60 µg/m³.
The slight variation in PM 2.5 was attributed to improved wind speed at 11.1 km/hour. The wind speed was zero in the last couple of days. Also, the minimum temperature was recorded at 16 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department. There was sunshine for most parts of the day and the visibility was more than 500 metres.
The regional offices of the 13 districts have been asked to conduct drives to ensure compliance with directions issued by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on norms to be followed by construction projects. Besides, 17 category of large and medium industries that are highly polluting have been asked to comply with emission standards issued by the Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF).
The 13 NCR districts of Haryana are Bhiwani, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Jind, Karnal, Mewat, Mahendragarh (Narnaul), Panipat, Palwal, Rewari, Rohtak and Sonepat.
“We got directions from CPCB and Chandigarh to tackle the problem and we will act according to the directions,” Vijay Chowdhery, environment engineer, HSPCB, said.
Chowdhery said the HSPCB is also monitoring any incidents of garbage burning.
On Monday, the HSPCB also appealed to private companies to allow employees work from home in Gurgaon so that there is less traffic in the city. Vehicular emissions are a major source of increase in PM 2.5 level in the city.
The environment ministers of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh met the Union environment minister and discussed mitigation plans on Monday.
Meanwhile, the forest department stressed on the importance of green cover in the region as it has been on the decline in the last decade. “The situation is grim as the region is losing its forest that used to be a natural cleanser. The pollutants can be controlled only when if increase the forest cover,” MD Sinha, conservator of forest, south Haryana, said.