This Is How Delhi Plans To Combat Winter Pollution As AQI Set To Worsen In A Week
To combat air pollution in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a 10-point "winter action plan" that focuses on dust control, using the Pusa bio-decomposer, installing smog towers and checking waste burning and vehicular emissions.
Kejriwal has urged the neighbouring states to retrofit thermal power plants in NCR areas with new technology and ensure the use of CNG-operated vehicles and cleaner fuel in industries in the region.
He said that states such as Punjab and Haryana have not done anything to check stubble burning, which worsens the national capital's air quality in winter.
Delhi's action plan to combat air pollution:
- The Delhi government has formed 75 teams for the inspection of construction sites to control dust pollution and 250 teams to keep a check on waste burning
- A complete ban on the sale and purchase of firecrackers
- Monitoring of smog tower
- Special teams have been formed to monitor pollution hotspots
- Steps will also be taken to address traffic jams on 64 identified roads to reduce vehicular pollution
- As many as 500 teams have been constituted to check Pollution Under Control certificates
- Strengthening of green war rooms and a public campaign will also be part of the "winter action plan".
AQI to worsen by weekend
A study by the Central Pollution Control Board has revealed that Delhi's air quality is in the lower end of ‘moderate’ category, with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 105 and is likely to worsen by the end of the coming week.
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said AQI will remain in the moderate category for the next three days.
The MET department has forecast that rain is unlikely in Delhi for the next seven days.