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EPCA raps authorities over traffic congestion and garbage burning

EPCA raps authorities over traffic congestion and garbage burning

NEW DELHI: The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Friday came down heavily on authorities over continuing traffic congestion and garbage burning activities that are worsening air quality in the national Capital.

EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal, in a meeting with representatives of Delhi Pollution Control Committee, DSIDC, civic bodies, police and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), asked the police to strictly regulate traffic and ensure its smooth passage. The various road stretches in Sarai Rohilla, Anand Vihar, Zakhira Najafgarh Road, Soan Park, Azadpur Mandi where heavy traffic congestion is resulting in an increase in pollution were identified.

In Sarai Rohilla, Lal was told by authorities that the absence of a foot-over bridge is resulting in the increase in traffic. "Illegal encroachment further adds to traffic woes in the capital. Guards need to be posted to ensure smooth passage of traffic," Lal said.

He also ordered police to ensure traffic regulations are followed strictly, especially in Soan Park in Mundaka where he said no traffic regulations are followed.

Lal expressed concern over garbage burning in Bawana, Mundaka and Narela which worsens the air quality. He lashed out at the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIDC) Ltd. for not monitoring the day-to-day status of garbage accumulation. He also came down heavily on civic body officials over not lifting garbage regularly in Nangloi.

Delhi's air quality has been oscillating between 'very poor' and 'severe' categories for the past three weeks. Delhi's air quality was in the 'very poor' category on Tuesday, before deteriorating to 'severe' on Wednesday as it was on Monday. Since Wednesday the air quality was in a severe category before slightly improving on Friday morning to very poor.

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