In Delhi, it will now be mandatory to install anti-smog guns on a construction site of 5 thousand square meters.
CM Arvind Kejriwal will announce a 15-point winter action plan on 30 September.
Delhi. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that CM Arvind Kejriwal will announce a 15-point winter action plan on September 30. In Delhi, it will now be mandatory to install anti-smog guns on a construction site of 5 thousand square meters. Apart from this, the measures of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will be implemented 3 days in advance on the basis of forecasts before the air condition worsens. All the agencies related to the construction work have been directed to strictly follow the rules related to dust pollution.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai addressed the media on Wednesday and said that the government is preparing a winter action plan based on 15 focus points to tackle the problem of winter pollution. For this, a joint meeting was held on 5 September with the concerned 30 departments in the Delhi Secretariat. All the departments were instructed to submit a detailed action plan under the Winter Action Plan to the Environment Department by September 15. All the departments have submitted suggestions/reports related to the Winter Action Plan.
Minister Gopal Rai said that based on the suggestions and reports, the Winter Action Plan has been prepared. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will put this 15-point winter action plan in front of the people on 30 September. Based on that, we will work with all the departments to reduce the pollution caused in winter.
Gopal Rai said that this time some changes have been made in Grape by the Commission for Air Quality Management. Emergency response system was being implemented in Delhi earlier from 2018. Its basis used to be the amount of PM 2.5 and PM 10 in the air. Based on that the pollution level was divided into 5 categories, Moderate, Poor, Very Poor, Savior and Savior Plus. By amending this, on the basis of AQI level in 2022, the level of pollution is divided into 4 categories – Poor (AQI 201-300), Very Poor (AQI 301-400), Savior (AQI 401-450) and Savior Plus (AQI > 450). is divided.
The Environment Minister said that now the GRAP measures will be implemented 3 days in advance based on forecasts before the air quality situation worsens. The AQI will be predicted on the basis of dynamic air quality forecast system data from IITM and IMD. Regarding dust pollution, earlier there was a rule to install anti smog guns only on construction sites above 20 thousand square meters. Now, on the basis of the new rule, it has been made mandatory to install anti-smog guns on the construction site of an area ranging from 5 thousand square meters to more. In such a situation, one anti smog gun at a construction site of 5 thousand to 10 thousand square meters, 2 anti smog guns at a construction site of 10 thousand to 15 thousand square meters, 3 anti smog guns at 15 thousand to 20 thousand square meters construction site and 20 thousand There should be at least 4 anti smog guns on the construction site above square meter.
He said that last time he worked with all the agencies related to the construction works to reduce the dust pollution. This time also we appeal to all the agencies to strictly follow the rules related to dust pollution. Action will be taken against the agencies engaged in the construction work who do not follow these rules.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 28, 2022, 12:05 IST