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Pollution Control Body Asks Delhi, NCR To Take Steps To Curb Air Pollution

The CPCB said it has been reviewing air quality and meteorological scenario in Delhi-NCR on a continuous basis

Pollution Control Body Asks Delhi, NCR To Take Steps To Curb Air Pollution
Highlights
  • As per the NGT order, all brick kilns in NCR are already closed
  • Dust mitigation at construction sites must be strictly adhered to: CPCB
  • Ensure frequent mechanised cleaning of roads, water sprinkling: CPCB

New Delhi: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Thursday (December 31) asked pollution control boards of Delhi and NCR to take immediate and effective steps to curb air pollution. The CPCB said it has been reviewing air quality and meteorological scenario in Delhi-NCR on a continuous basis As per the forecast received from Indian Meteorological Department, ventilation conditions are likely to slow down in Delhi causing poor dispersion of pollutants due to which air quality index (AQI) is predicted to be in the ‘very poor’ category for the coming days, it said.

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The CPCB deployed 50 teams for field inspections in the Delhi–NCR (with a special emphasis on hotspots) on October 15 this year to assess the ground-level scenario and ensure enforcement of mitigation measures for control of air pollution in the region.

These teams have been visiting pollution hotspots and other areas in the Delhi-NCR region and reporting violations of various guidelines/norms by posting these on the SAMEER App. DPCC, SPCBs of NCR states and various central and state agencies have been requested to take effective steps immediately which will help in controlling pollution. The CPCB urges public to provide feedback on polluting activities through SAMEER App, the apex pollution watchdog said.

In view of the deteriorating air quality and the likely increase in activities during New Year’s celebrations, the CPCB had issued an order on December 23, directing the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and SPCBs in NCR states — namely, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan — to ensure the ban on sale and use firecrackers as per National Green Tribunal order was implemented. It had also directed Delhi and neighbouring states to ensure hot mix plants and stone crushers shall remain closed all the time till January 2, 2021.

Ensure that frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads and water sprinkling is increased particularly on the road stretches with high dust generation potential. It shall be ensured that guidelines/standard operating procedures for dust mitigation at construction sites are strictly adhered to. In case of violations, strict action should be taken against the violators like imposition of penalty/ temporary stoppage of construction activities, the CPCB had directed.

As per the NGT order, all brick kilns in NCR are already closed.

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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