CPCB imposes over Rs. 80 lakh penalty for polluting activities in Delhi-NCR
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has said on Saturday, 3rd November 2018 that the teams deployed to monitor implementation of measures to combat pollution in the Delhi-NCR under the ‘Clean Air Campaign’ have imposed a total penalty of Rs. 80 lakh on violators in the last two days.
This ten-day long campaign has been launched by the Union environment Minister Harsh Vardhan to monitor and report polluting activities and to ensure quick action of the same. Under the said campaign, the teams are visiting different parts of Delhi and adjacent towns of Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, and Noida to carry out a pollution check.
As per the CPCB, a total fine of Rs. 41,82,500 was imposed on the basis of the 465 complaints in Delhi itself which has witnessed deteriorating air quality in the past two weeks. The maximum number of complaints on Saturday were related to illegal construction and demolition activities being carried out in the National Capital. These complaints were received either through social media, email or the ‘Sameer app’ that has been developed by the CPCB.
Delhi’s air pollution level dipped slightly on Saturday but remained in the “very poor” category with the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded at 336 due to control measures already being taken. The deployment of these teams has been done ahead of the festival season when the air quality is expected to deteriorate to severe levels due to local factors as well as regional factors like the stubble burning.
The measures taken to control pollution includes the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) directing the Transport Department and the Traffic Police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control travel congestion in the region from November 1 to10.