The Air Quality Monitoring Committee directs the strict implementation of the stubble burn plan;

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The Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM) said on Wednesday it had called on governments in Delhi and neighboring states to strictly implement their detailed, controllable action to tackle agricultural stubble burning, which begins at the onset of winters in northern India.

As part of its winter action plan, the Commission for Air Quality Management in the NCR and Adjacent Areas, which has been set up by the central government, said it asked Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to adopt an elaborate standard protocol. by ISRO for the recording and monitoring of fire counts due to stubble burning.

“Regarding the promotion of the use of the Bio-Decomposer technology developed by the IARI, within the framework of the in situ management of crop residues, the Commission has been informed that the PUSA Bio decomposer is planned for a application on six acres of lakh in UP, one lakh acres in Haryana, 7,413 acres in Punjab and 4,000 acres in Delhi, the commission said in an official statement.

The CAQM, headed by Mr. M. Kutty, said it has also given instructions to NCR state governments, road-owning agencies and municipal bodies to control dust from roads and open areas through a “cell. dust control and management “.

Activities identified for effective road dust management include optimal use of mechanized road sweeping means, scientific disposal of dust collected in designated sites / landfills, and spraying with dust suppressants and dustbins. water on roads and open areas, he said.

He also led the proper maintenance of roads, paving / greening of unpaved road edges, greening of central shoulders from road edges to cemented roads on bituminous roads especially in industrial areas, monitoring and compliance dust control measures and large scale tree planting / greening.

The Commission also issued instructions for construction and demolition activities with examples of dust control and mitigation and monitoring measures through a dedicated web portal and video closure of the projects, the ministry said.

“The installation of guns and anti-smog screens on construction sites, dust collectors and water mist, the transport of C&D materials in covered vehicles, the installation of sensors to monitor the quality of air at project sites and a mechanism for self-audit and certification by project agencies are key steps, ”he said.

To alleviate industrial pollution, the Commission has indicated that switching industries to PNG / cleaner fuels is a priority. “Delhi has now completely switched to PNG / Cleaner fuels for all of its 1,635 identified industries. In the NCR, Haryana has so far moved 408 industrial units out of 1,469 identified industrial units. “In Uttar Pradesh, 1167 industries out of 2273 industrial units and in Rajasthan, 124 out of 436 identified industries have been transferred to PNG,” he said.

He said that in order to minimize the use of coal in industries, the governments of Haryana, UP and Rajasthan were urged to prepare an action plan to orient industries towards more fuels. clean in the districts of the NCR, where the gas infrastructure is already available.

An action plan is also underway to bring PNG’s infrastructure to industrial zones in districts of the NCR where gas is not available and strict monitoring of the use of unapproved fuels in the NCR by Various enforcement agencies are some of the important measures, he said.

Vehicle pollution is another major source of air pollution and the Commission has issued a notice to mandate the purchase of zero-emission vehicles and electric vehicles to give new impetus to clean technologies in the transport sector .

All 124 identified border points of entry in Delhi are now equipped with an RFID system to facilitate the collection of cashless tolls, thus avoiding huge traffic jams and the resulting high air pollution at border points, a declared the CAQM. “A dedicated working group is envisaged in each state of the NCR to continuously monitor and take measures regularly to ensure smooth traffic management, in particular by developing an intelligent traffic management system (ITMS)”, he added. he said, adding gasoline / diesel vehicles over 10 to 15 years old are not allowed to operate in the NCR and progress is reviewed periodically.

“State-level action plans have also been prepared for the control of biomass / municipal solid waste combustion and landfill fires, focusing on the deployment of task forces. application, prompt repairs of complaints and corrective actions via IT platforms, ”he said.

Some of the other Commission initiatives are regularly monitored through a reporting mechanism developed by the bimonthly “Safeguard and Implementation” sub-committee.

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