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To fight pollution, develop a detailed micro plan, says LG

To fight pollution, develop a detailed micro plan, says LG

NEW DELHI: The authorities should prepare a detailed micro plan for identified hotspots and nearby areas to combat air pollution, directed Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal. LG Baijal on Thursday along with Supreme Court appointed pollution watchdog EPCA reviewed the problem of Air Pollution at Bawana, Narela, Anand Vihar and nearby areas, improper disposal of industrial rubber and plastic waste and it's burning on large scale in these areas. "During the discussion, it was also observed that in general about 10% reduction was observed in the particulate concentration this year as compared to last year and air quality has not dropped to severe plus category so far unlike last year," said an official statement from the Raj Bhavan. It added that it was stressed that more steps need to be taken. Strict implementation and enforcement of the notification on approved fuels can bring about a marked change in the air pollution situation.

"Chief Secretary informed that a comprehensive policy is being formulated to regulate the operation of Banquet Halls etc. and address the issue of in-house parking, fire safety, food safety, misuse of water, air & water pollution and solid waste management," noted the statement.

In the meeting, it was also informed that from Mundka, Bawana, Narela, Tikri and nearby areas about 35,000 MT rubbers and plastics waste was collected and sent to Waste-to-Energy-Plant for proper management. This step has resulted in significant reduction of fire incidents in the area as per data of Delhi Fire Service.

Meanwhile, Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain wrote a letter to the EPCA chairman Bhure Lal urging that the neighbourhood states should take necessary actions to combat pollution. Earlier, the Delhi government noted that the main cause of pollution is due to the farm fire from the neighbourhood states and the EPCA has already directed all these states to take actions.

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