Delhi dust & fire control: How DDA, MCD fell asleep in August-October

Government sources said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has conveyed his displeasure to the environment department over its failure to implement measures to curb air pollution.

Written by Mallica Joshi | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2016 5:31 am
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THE DELHI government announced a slew of measures last week to combat the deteriorating air quality in the capital but official data shows that action was not taken when it was really needed — in August, when pollution levels started to spike.

Figures collated from various departments of the Delhi government, municipal corporations and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) show that more challans were issued against polluters — for open burning, construction, demolition, etc — from January to August than over the last three months.

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Consider this:

* Municipal corporations issued 1,885 challans for failure to control dust at construction sites between January and August but only 167 since then.

* The DDA and South Delhi Municipal Corporation did not issue a single challan for open burning — of dry leaves, garbage, etc — despite several parks being maintained by them.

* The revenue department issued 814 challans between January and August for failure to control dust at construction sites. Between August and October, only 40 challans were issued. It issued 136 challans for open burning between January and August but none since then.

* The North Delhi Municipal Corporation issued 88 challans during this period for burning; the East Delhi Municipal Corporation issued two; none of the other government agencies issued any challan for the offence, which attracts a fine of Rs 5,000 per violation.

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And this, when the government had started receiving more complaints through social media and radio about construction and open burning since August.

These agencies submitted a report regarding the number of challans issued for dust control and burning to the Delhi government on October 26 during a review meeting, chaired by Environment Minister Imran Hussain.

According to the minutes of the meeting, signed by Special Secretary S M Ali, “The Hon’ble Minister (Environment) informed all the officers present about the complaints of burning of leaves/garbage, etc., that are being received on FM radio… The Nil action-taken report submitted by agencies regarding burning of leaves/garbage, etc., appear to be contradictory to the same. Hon’ble Minister stressed for more effective ground action by all concerned departments/ agencies specially considering the approaching winter season.”

Government sources said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has conveyed his displeasure to the environment department over its failure to implement measures to curb air pollution.

“When the order to curb dust pollution and open burning was issued last year by the National Green Tribunal, all agencies were asked to take strict action against violators. Some agencies were proactive till June-July, but things slowed down,” said an official, who did not want to be named.

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    anonymous
    Nov 7, 2016 at 11:32 pm
    GOI is killing people with toxic air and no access to decent affordable healthcare. This is when most of our sarkari babus, minsters get gold plated health coverages for life. # MAD In INDIA
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      Sundar BN
      Nov 8, 2016 at 9:44 am
      Put ddca and MCD behind bars then ?
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        Sundar BN
        Nov 8, 2016 at 9:47 am
        The student missing from JNU is Najeeb. Only some 22 days after this discovery did dilli police question the abvp attackers.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This despite the dilli cops being under hm as represented by lg Jung.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If D'aesh or Indian mujahedeen come to know that Jung has let down one of his own kind, they may not feel kindly towards the lg.
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          arshad
          Nov 8, 2016 at 5:56 am
          Delhi police is arresting every aap party legislatives and L--G is is superior n controlling burocrats and government officials n delhi is union territory means cebtre rule so centre is responsible for every cause....
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            arshad
            Nov 8, 2016 at 5:52 am
            Where is L-G he is the real government according to court he had every power so he shd b blame.for problem in delhi and mcd is running bjp so both r culprit ....o question AK is responsible becz he is doing well in mollaha clinic tht to free n he is doing good in government schools n free electricity n water what ..now lg wont interfere in delhi matters..
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              Mayur Panghaal
              Nov 8, 2016 at 2:09 am
              DDA is under LGlt;br/gt;MCD is under BJP.lt;br/gt;----------------lt;br/gt;No surprises.
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                right
                Nov 8, 2016 at 5:49 am
                kuch dino mein kejri apne paidaa hone ka blame bhee BJP ko degaa ?? right ?
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                  Sridhar
                  Nov 8, 2016 at 12:08 am
                  Poor Kejriwal has been spending time in Politicising from silly things and he had no time to focus on his responsibility.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is time he is told by Courts that he is elected to take care of Delhi Union Territory and not to waste his time on other things.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This wants to go to Punjab with his ic ideas, attending death cermonies of people committing suicide, asking proof for Surgical strikes. He has all the proof on pollution in Delhi. What has he done?
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