Amid heightened concerns over Delhi being categorised as the most polluted city in the world by WHO, Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday directed Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to serve notices to polluting units.
Jung also asked the Urban Development secretary to take action against inspectors for not acting on DPCC orders.
“We cannot allow for pollution to grow unchecked. It is our moral responsibility to provide a healthy environment to our citizens. If we have to ensure health of our cities, we will have to take stern steps against pollution and polluting units,” said Jung.
Jung also constituted a high powered committee to address the issue of pollution in the city at the earliest.
The high powered committee will specifically look into two aspects–pollution caused by growing number of vehicles on the roads of Delhi and pollution levels in Yamuna because of outpouring of industrial and sewer waste in the river.
The committee will examine all aspects of pollution, its cause, its levels, and suggest both long term and short term measures to be adopted to tackle the issue of pollution.
Jung has asked for a comprehensive report with viable solutions to check pollution in the city which is to be submitted in a month.
The high powered committee will be chaired by the Chief Secretary and will have Special CP (Traffic), Delhi Police, Secretary (Environment), Commissioner (Transport) and Additional Secretary (DPCC) as its members.
The committee has been empowered to co-opt members, both from the Government and the private sector, including NGOs.
Jung had taken a meeting on May 9 at the Delhi Secretariat where too he had expressed concerns about growing levels of pollution in Delhi.
The DPCC has recently issued closure notices to 112 stainless steel picking units in Wazirpur industrial area for discharging untreated toxic waste into the Yamuna.
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