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Pull up socks to rein in pollution during festivals: LG to agencies

Pull up socks to rein in pollution during festivals: LG to agencies

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal directed all government agencies to pull up their socks ahead of the upcoming festive season, a time when pollution in Delhi rises.

At a high-level meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed pollution watchdog Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, Baijal directed proper sprinkling of water across Delhi so as to avoid dust pollution.

"The LG was apprised about the status of creation and use of adequate public facilities (urinals, toilets, etc); strengthening of police deployment to regulate traffic and pedestrian movement (in both Delhi and Uttar Pradesh side); intensification of drives against traffic violations; cancellation of permit for repeated violations; notifying of 'No Parking Zone' and its strict enforcement; integration of the road for the buses; construction of approach road for entry to ISBT; operationalisation of RFID and construction of rotary and other structures; re-allocation of shops; construction of culvert; construction of Slip road; silt and dumped garbage removal; preparation & implementation of integrated plan for Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, etc," noted a statement.

Regarding the status of action taken by environment marshalls, it was informed that till August 2018, 9,845 violations have been reported by them out of which 95 per cent cases were resolved at the site. Baijal ordered increasing the number of environment marshalls, especially during peak season.

He also directed East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and Delhi Traffic Police to keep footpaths obstruction-free for movement of pedestrians.

He further instructed EDMC, Delhi Metro and Northern Railways to ensure sufficient number of toilets/urinals to maintain cleanliness, and asked EDMC to ensure mechanised cleaning it its area.

He directed the Traffic police to regulate movement of buses (entry and exit points) to avoid choking of roads. Meanwhile, Northern Railway will construct approach road for entry to ISBT and the Delhi Transport Department will integrate it for entry and exit of buses. Baijal further directed the traffic police to coordinate with MCD for effective enforcement on the ground.

Baijal and EPCA chairman Bhure Lal also directed cops to take extensive and strict action against parking in service lanes and entry/exit of unauthorised Kaushambi buses.

Sayantan Ghosh

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