Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai on Friday (16th October) found negligence of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on the main road of Baba Vidya Pati Marg in Kirari area in the North West Part of Delhi during a surprise inspection. Garbage burning was taking place beside the main road since morning.
Shri Gopal Rai said that this is a very serious situation and for this negligence, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has been directed to impose an environmental compensation penalty of Rs 1 crore on the MCD. Shri Rai said that the situation of air pollution in Delhi is gradually getting serious, despite this, various agencies are not serious about strictly following the government guidelines.
The environment minister said, “The air quality of Delhi is gradually deteriorating. There are many agencies that are not at all serious about this. Today during my inspection, I found garbage burning beside the main road of Baba Vidya Pati Marg. The garbage was burning from the morning, but the North MCD officials have not taken any action. Any such burning is completely prohibited in Delhi now. We will not tolerate such inaction, therefore, I have directed the DPCC to impose a penalty of Rs 1 crore against the North MCD.”
He said that the Delhi government has issued detailed guidelines for the prevention of pollution and the government is taking action wherever violations of the guidelines are found.
He added, “The Government of Delhi will do everything possible for the people of Delhi. The introduction of electric vehicles will reduce vehicular pollution. Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal launched the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign. With the help of this campaign, we will be able to reduce Delhi’s pollution by 15 to 20 percent.
If people take electric vehicles, they will be able to reduce vehicular pollution too. The Delhi government is running an anti-dust campaign to prevent dust pollution. To prevent the stubble burning inside Delhi, the Delhi Government has arranged sprinkling of bio-decomposer solution. At the same time, we are increasing green cover through the plantation drive. In this way, the Delhi government is working round the clock to reduce air pollution.”