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Delhi government’s plan of action to curb pollution in winter: All you need to know

Pollution levels in Delhi are also affected due to a rise in pollution in neighbouring states and satellite towns

delhi Updated: Sep 23, 2020, 14:10 IST
Vatsala Shrangi
Vatsala Shrangi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, public transport  is not running at optimal capacity. The government needs to find a way to increase the frequency of public transport so that vehicular emissions are limited.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, public transport is not running at optimal capacity. The government needs to find a way to increase the frequency of public transport so that vehicular emissions are limited. (Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Every year, Delhi’s pollution levels soar in winter due to a combination of factors, including changes in meteorology such as cold weather, calm winds, local emissions, coupled with stubble-burning in neighbouring states. This year too, the Delhi government is working to curb pollution from spiking in the next few months by putting together a plan of action.

Here are some of the points on the government’s agenda

Ask neighbouring states to intervene early and curb stubble-burning

Some districts of Punjab and Haryana have already started burning crop residue. The central government as well as Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority EPCA have asked the two states to ensure that subsidies to purchase equipment reach farmers in time so that they don’t need to burn the paddy stubble, especially during the harvest season mid-October, leading to a spike in pollution levels.

Also Read: As paddy harvesting starts, Punjab farmer unions adamant on burning straw if not paid for disposal

Clear pollution hot spots within Delhi

There are 13 major hot spots in the city, besides several industrial areas, where pollution levels spike more than average during winter, mainly because of waste burning, road dust and traffic congestion. The burning needs to be stopped and roads paved to prevent pollution from increasing here.

Prevent the dumping of waste

Stacks of waste, including plastic and rubber, are piled up at a number of places across the city, which are eventually set on fire. Dumping of waste needs to be checked, and areas such as roadsides and areas under bridges need to be cleared to prevent burning.

Also Read: EPCA asks agencies to jointly patrol industrial areas to check pollution

Augment public transport

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, public transport is not running at optimal capacity. The government needs to find a way to increase the frequency of public transport so that vehicular emissions are limited.

Coordinate better with NCR towns

During winter, it’s the pollution in India’s northwest which leads to a spike in Delhi’s pollution levels as well. In neighbouring towns, including Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and Faridabad, the pollution levels remain high because of a number of unregulated industries, inadequate supply of electricity forcing people to use diesel generator (DG) sets, which cause major pollution. The government needs to coordinate with the authorities in said towns and ask them to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply and a ban on DG sets.

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