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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Winter is coming: Dust control, night patrolling two key plans

Dust suppression measures, night patrolling to keep a check on open burning of waste and micro-level planning at pollution hotspots are among the key measures that authorities intend to take ahead of this winter to ensure that Delhi’s bad air doesn’t turn worse.

Road-owning agencies and the Public Works Department will identify stretches where dust suppressants need to be put into use, as per the directions issued by the Delhi chief secretary at a meeting held with Central Pollution Control Board and municipal corporations. The meeting, held on Wednesday, to discuss the Winter Action Plan stressed on the need to focus on dust and open burning of waste, key contributors to air pollution in the city.

“The industries department will submit the status on action taken in the Mayapuri industrial area and the action plans for Wazirpur and Okhla. It will prepare a roster duty chart of 24 hours of officials to check open burning in industrial areas and submit details of prosecution launched, penalties imposed and violations recorded,” the minutes of the meeting quoted the chief secretary as saying.


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