IN A meeting held on Monday, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung directed the Delhi Police to be the “field workers core to implementing the decisions” taken to mitigate pollution levels in the city.
The meeting was attended by all civic agency heads, the Delhi Police, the Delhi Cabinet ministers and environmentalists such as Sunita Narain, Anumita Roychowdhury from Centre for Science and Environment and Professor Manju Mohan from IIT-Delhi.
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With various departments raising concerns over monitoring and challaning of leaf burning and construction work, the L-G asked the Delhi Police and all three municipal corporations to be the core agencies to provide manpower.
Police have also been asked to ensure that overloaded trucks do not enter the city. “Within two days, engineers will also work out a solution to turn away overloaded trucks from Delhi and ones not destined for the capital. The transport department and the Delhi Police have to robustly check PUC certificates and take strict action against violators. Smoke meters will also be installed at all borders,” added Jung’s office.
Lighting firecrackers, except during religious festivals, has also been banned.
The Delhi Police has willingly agreed to be the eyes and the ears of the government to implement the bans, the L-G’s office said. The L-G has also asked the Delhi government to issue advertisements in this regard.
An official privy to the L-G’s plan, said, “We have limited district magistrates and sub-divisional magistrates who can monitor the bans and penalise people who flout norms. Thus, municipal corporations and police will play a major role in curbing construction-related pollution.”
As per the L-G’s order, people cannot dig up, construct or keep construction materials uncovered between November 7 and November 14, 2016.
Jung also issued directions to all registering authorities and Motor Licencing Officers to start de-registration of diesel vehicles that are more than 15 years old in a phased manner.
“This will bring about a reduction of 2 lakh diesel vehicles on Delhi roads,” stated the L-G’s secretariat. MCDs have been asked to take stringent measures to control fires at landfill sites, it added.
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