The Union Environment Ministry will set up a control room at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in Delhi to conduct a daily review of pollution levels from different monitoring stations, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday.
“We will immediately set up a control room in CPCB to undertake a daily review of levels of air pollution and monitor the air quality in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The recent 15-day long smog in Singapore is like a warning to all cities, including Delhi, to become more serious about the issue,” said Javadekar.
He added that directions will be issued, under Section 18 of the Air Act, to “bring in accountability” to improve the air quality in Delhi and NCR.
In July, states in the NCR had submitted year-long action plans to improve air quality to the environment ministry. Their action plans were reviewed in a meeting Javadekar held with the environment ministers and officials from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan Friday.
Officials from the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Development Authority and Delhi traffic police were also present in the meeting.
At the meeting, the state governments were directed to submit three-month reports to the Centre on the steps they will take to reduce air pollution.
Javadekar also appealed to citizens to refrain from bursting crackers during Diwali. “Traffic jams also add to pollution. We appeal to citizens to maintain lane discipline on the roads to reduce congestion and pollution. People should ensure their vehicles are properly maintained and undergo regular pollution checks,” he said.