Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said the Delhi government will have to take “aggressive” measures to curb air pollution at the onset of winter in the capital.
Sisodia, who held a preparatory meeting with various departments, said the government will take a slew of anti-pollution measures, including the use of sprinklers and mist fountains, smoke tappers in crematoriums, and waste management to minimise emission of methane gas caused by burning at landfill sites.
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Since dust is a major contributor to air pollution, various dust control measures, including vacuum cleaning of roads, sprinkling water through jets, and installation of air purifiers and mist fountains will be carried out, Sisodia said.
Sprinklers, he said, would prevent dust from rising and dust particles would flow into drains with the water. Vacuum cleaning and sprinkling of water on all roads will be conducted on a weekly basis, he said.
The minister said about 90 per cent of the dust comes from construction sites, and that there are 61 major sites in Delhi. “We will ask people to come forward with complaints. When complaints are received, we will take action against them,” he said.
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has been asked to take regular action against construction sites with a built up area of over 20,000 sq m, and submit a detailed note to Sisodia, government officials said.
Sisodia said while the use of wood at crematoriums is common, burning of wood adds to air pollution. “This is a matter of religion and sentiments, that is why we will not interfere with it. Instead, the environment department will involve the MCDs that control crematoriums and install smoke tappers in them to make them green crematoriums,” Sisodia said.
He added that most of the crematoriums in the city were located in densely populated areas, and all available technology will be used to curb air pollution.
The government also said it will challan land-owning agencies over burning of leaves.
The Delhi government will also take up the issue of pollution from passenger vehicles such as buses and autos at border areas of Delhi with the central government during the upcoming inter-state meeting on November 4, Sisodia said.