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Air Pollution: Air Quality Monitoring Panel Directs Strict Implementation Of Plan Against Stubble Burning

Stubble burning by farmers in Punjab, Haryana and neighbouring states is often blamed for air pollution in Delhi-NCR

Air Pollution: Air Quality Monitoring Panel Directs Strict Implementation Of Plan Against Stubble Burning
Highlights
  • Industries shifting to PNG/cleaner fuels is a priority: CAQM
  • Delhi has completely switched over to PNG/Cleaner fuels
  • Air Quality Monitoring Panel is also focusing on dust control

New Delhi: The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on Wednesday (September 22) said it has directed the governments of Delhi and neighbouring states to strictly implement their detailed monitorable action to tackle agricultural stubble burning, which commences at the onset of winters in north India. As a part of its winter action plan, the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and adjoining areas, which was set up by the central government, said it has asked Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to adopt a standard protocol developed by ISRO for recording and monitoring the fire counts owing to stubble burning.

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With regards to the promotion of the use of Bio-Decomposer technology developed by IARI, as part of in-situ crop residue management, the Commission has been informed that PUSA Bio decomposer is planned for application in six lakh acres in UP, one lakh acres in Haryana, 7413 acres in Punjab and 4000 Acres in Delhi, the commission said in an official statement. The CAQM, headed by M M Kutty, said it has also issued directions to NCR state governments, road owning agencies and municipal bodies for controlling dust from roads and open areas through a ‘Dust Control and Management Cell’.

Activities identified for effective road dust management include optimum utilisation of mechanised means of sweeping of roads, scientific disposal of dust collected in designated sites/landfills and the sprinkling of dust suppressants and water on roads and open areas, it said. It also directed proper maintenance of roads, paving/greening of non-paved road sides, greening of central verges road sides to cemented roads over bituminous roads especially in Industrial areas, monitoring and compliance of dust control measures and plantation of trees/greening on a large scale. The Commission has also issued directions for construction and demolition activities with illustrative dust control and mitigative measures and monitoring through a dedicated web portal and video fencing of projects, the ministry said.

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Installation of anti-smog guns and screens at construction sites, dust-suppressants and water mist, transportation of C&D materials in covered vehicles, installation of air quality monitoring sensors in project sites and self-audit and certification mechanism by the project agencies are the key steps, it said.

For mitigating industrial pollution, the Commission informed that industries shifting to PNG/Cleaner Fuels is a priority.

Delhi has now completely switched over to PNG/Cleaner fuels for all of its 1,635 identified industries. In NCR, Haryana has so far shifted 408 industrial units out of 1469 identified industrial units. In Uttar Pradesh, 1167 industries out of 2273 industrial units and in Rajasthan, 124 out of 436 identified industries have been shifted to PNG, it said.

It said that with a view to minimising the use of coal in industries, the governments of Haryana, UP and Rajasthan have been advised to prepare an action plan for shifting the industries to cleaner fuels in the NCR districts, where gas infrastructure is already available. An action plan is also being pursued for bringing in PNG infrastructure to those industrial areas in NCR districts where gas is not available and strict vigil on use of unapproved fuels in NCR by various enforcement agencies are some of the important measures, it said. Vehicular pollution is another major source of air pollution and the Commission has issued an advisory for mandating procurement of zero-emission and e-vehicles to give a further push to clean technologies in the transport sector. All the identified 124 border entry points of Delhi have now been provided with an RFID system to facilitate cashless toll collection thus avoiding huge traffic congestions and resultant heavy air pollution at the border points, the CAQM said.

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“A dedicated taskforce is envisaged in each NCR state to continuously monitor and take steps regularly to ensure smooth traffic management, including developing an Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS),” it said, adding petrol/diesel vehicles which more than 10-15 years old are not permitted to ply in NCR and progress is reviewed periodically.

State-wise action plans have also been prepared for control of biomass/municipal solid waste burning and fires in Landfill Sites, focusing on the deployment of enforcement teams, quick complaint redressals and corrective actions through IT enabled platforms, it said.

Some of the other initiatives by the Commission are regular monitoring through a reporting mechanism developed by the ‘Safeguarding and Enforcement’ Sub-Committee bi-monthly.

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(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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