Starting on October 20, Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced that the Delhi government would begin a month-long effort to reduce industrial pollution. In order to monitor the fuels being used in more than 1,700 industrial facilities in Delhi, 66 teams have been established, he told the reporters. Due of the city’s peak pollution around this time, Rai stated that the program will run from October 20 to November 20.
At a combined meeting, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (DSIIDC) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) made the decision.
The environment minister went on to say that 1753 Delhi’s registered industrial units had been converted to PNG and that any industrial unit that disobeys environmental laws will suffer ominous consequences from the competent authorities.
The Delhi Minister declared, “The States in the National Capital Region (NCR) should impose a complete ban on firecrackers and stubble burning in the entire region and only allow CNG and electric vehicles.”
He said that according to a report by the independent environmental think tank Centre for Science and Environment, 31% of Delhi’s pollution originates from sources inside the national capital, while 69% originates from sources in the states that make up the National Capital Region.
Rai insisted that an urgent conference be called by the Centre to address the causes of the air pollution in the nation’s capital. The minister from Delhi stated that the states in the National Capital Region (NCR) ought to forbid stubble burning and firecrackers altogether, permitting only electric and CNG-powered cars.
Earlier Rai said that NCR states accounted for 69% of Delhi’s pollution share in a letter she wrote to Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav earlier on Tuesday, demanding an urgent meeting with neighbouring states over the city’s pollution.
To monitor air pollution levels in advance of winter, hotspot-specific pollution measures are also being implemented throughout the nation’s capital. The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), a statutory authority responsible for managing air quality in the NCR, has mandated the implementation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) stage-I throughout the city.