Delhi pollution: Focused actions on 'hotspots' likely to improve air quality
A Central Pollution Control Board taskforce has identified 21 hotspots of high pollution levels in Delhi-NCR and directed the respective area municipal corporations to take "focussed actions" to mitigate the effects.
The task force has also asked authorities to carry out an inspection in Loni Bhopura, in Ghaziabad, from where repeated complaints of violations of norms associated with pollution-causing activities have been received, according to minutes of a meeting of the task force held in Delhi Tuesday.
The task force has identified 15 hotspots in Delhi. They are Anand Vihar, Bawana, CRRI Mathura Road, DTU, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, Dwarka-Sector 8, Jahangirpuri, Mundaka, NSIT Dwarka, Narela, Okhla Phase-2, R K Puram, Rohini, Shadipur, Wazirpur.
Many of the hotspots are already experiencing severe pollution levels.
In NCR areas outside Delhi, six hotspots have been identified. They are Sector-16A in Faridabad, Vikas Sadan in Gurgaon, Vasundhara in Ghaziabad, Knowledge Park-III in Greater Noida, Sector-125 in Noida and RIICO Industrial Area-III in Bhiwadi.
Hotspots are areas recording high pollution levels either due to the violation of norms or due to the meteorological conditions there.
The task force said municipal corporations of Delhi and adjacent areas (Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon) and other agencies to take "focused actions in the hotspot areas".
It also asked all agencies to ensure "effective implementation of actions".
The task force, comprising members of India Meteorological Department, Delhi Pollution Control Board and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, reviewed the status of ambient air quality of the national capital.
In the meeting, the task force members were apprised about the deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR. The CPCB urged the members to bring the air quality into the poor category from the very poor range.
Delhi has been battling alarming levels of pollution for nearly two months with the air quality hovering between "very poor" and "severe", slipping into "poor" on better days.
(With inputs from agencies.)