New Delhi: 07-02-2017 Specific directions issued to all nodal departments for air pollution control measures Environment Minister Mr Imran Hussain on Tuesday held a meeting with Nodal Officers of implementing agencies/departments including Department of Revenue, PWD, Transport, three MCDs, NDMC, DDA, DCB, DPCC and Traffic Police regarding prohibition of burning of any kind of garbage, leaves, waste, plastic, rubber etc and dust control at construction sites. The Minister reviewed action taken by various agencies/Departments tasked with the responsibility of prohibition of burning in the open and prevention of dust at construction sites. It was observed that almost all the inspections in North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations have resulted in issuance of challans for violations noticed. The minister directed these bodies alongwith other agencies to increase the vigil in their respective areas in order to have effective control over air pollution due to burning and dust. East Delhi Municipal Corporation was directed to ensure that punitive action as per law is taken against the violators especially those at land fill sites. Delhi Development Authority was asked to make inspections more meaningful as there are instances of burning especially in O zone area along the Yamuna Riverbed. Mr Hussain was also apprised by Delhi Traffic Police officials that non-destined vehicles are not being permitted to enter Delhi and are being returned on the ‘U’ turns at the borders. It was also informed that action is being taken against the trucks found transporting building material uncovered. The Minister directed Traffic Police to take action against building material Suppliers stocking building material on the road sides and not complying with dust control norms. PWD was directed to take action against violators including the builder/contractor constructing central verge at Madhuban Mother Diary Road where dust control measures are reportedly not being taken. All the agencies were also directed to send compliance report on complaints forwarded by DPPC through Whats App group. The Minister (E&F) opined that collection of challan money is secondary while ensuring compliance for air pollution control has to be the priority. He also directed DPCC to carry out random counterchecking of the inspection reports submitted by the Nodal officers. Nodal Officers of the Departments/agencies were directed to attend the next meeting with complete details of inspections for ensuring effective monitoring of action being taken by them. The Minister once again urged all to effectively undertake air pollution control measures. He said that we all have the responsibility of providing the citizens good ambient air quality.
New Delhi: 03-02-2017 Delhi govt extends closure of Badarpur Thermal Power Plant till further orders Delhi government on Friday extended the closure of Badarpur Thermal Power Plant till further orders, keeping in view the existing air quality in the national capital. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Environment Department chaired by the Environment Minister Mr Imran Hussain and attended by senior officials of the Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee. There are five units ( 3 X 95MW and 2 X 210MW) in Badarpur Thermal Power Plant. Out of these five units, the DPCC had allowed the operation of only two units of 210 MW each subject to meeting with the prescribed standard of Particulate Matter i.e. 50 mg/Nm3(called Normal metre cube). 03 units(3 X 95MW) which were not capable to meet the stringent standards of 50mg/Nm3 were not allowed to operate and were shut down. In fact, out of the five units, only one unit of 210 MW was operating in November, 2016. In view of the severe ambient air pollution levels in Delhi in October- November, 2016, following directions were issued to Badarpur Thermal Power Plant u/s 31 (A) of Air (Pollution and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 read with Rule 20A(6) of the Air (Pollution and Control of Pollution) (Union Territories) Rules, Act 1983 : 1) Closure of all the units with immediate effect from 07.11.2016 to 16.11.2016 2) No lifting fly ash from fly ash storage area, for any purpose, from 07.11.2016 to 16.11.2016, and 3) Ensuring regular sprinkling of water in fly ash storage area. The period of closure was extended till 31.01.2017 vide directions dated 16.11.2016, as the same levels of ambient air pollution levels were expected to continue in Delhi. The Graded Response Action Plan for tackling air pollution, prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in consultation with the Environmental Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and Delhi government, which was subsequently submitted in the Hon’ble Supreme Court, was discussed and on the basis of EPCA directions to Delhi Government, directions have been issued by the DPCC to the Badarpur Thermal Power Plant for closure till further orders.
Mr. Imran Hussain, Minister of Environment & Forest, Govt. of NCT of Delhi called a meeting of officers of Department of Environment and DPCC. Secretary (Environment), Govt. of Delhi and Member Secretary (DPCC) attended the meeting. The Minister reviewed the present Air quality status and implementation of the directions issued by the Courts in the recent past. The concentration of different pollutants, specially, particulates and their trend along with the fog was discussed. The concentration of particulate matter is lower than the values observed in 2016 during the period between 1st January to 29th January 2017. Mr. Hussain stressed upon the need for keeping surveillance and vigil by the concerned agencies in order to control Ambient Air Quality. The Minister also observed that since night temperature is going down, stress needs to be given to control the garbage and biomass burning. The trend of pollution level in last one month is shown in the graph given below:Proof
Delhi govt directs urgent air pollution control measures in Anand Vihar & Punjabi Bagh Environment Department officials review concentration of PM 2.5 & PM 10 levels in the air Imran Hussain asks all agencies to take up urgent measures in Anand Vihar & Punjabi Bagh Environment Department releases comparative data from 1st November onwards New Delhi: 26/12/2016 Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Monday reviewed the current situation of ambient air quality in Delhi with the officers of the Environment Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee. The Minister sought to know about the influence of various metrological parameters including wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity and solar index on air in Delhi specifically with respect to the past weekend air quality. The Environment Department informed that analysis of the data of different pollutants shows that levels of PM10 and PM2.5 in Delhi showed an increasing trend on 23rd and 24th December, due to non- dispersal of pollutants with low temperature and low wind speed. (PLEASE FIND ATTACHED THE DETAILED CHART SHOWING AVERAGE VARIATION OF PM 2.5 & PM 10 CONCENTRAION LEVELS IN THE AIR SINCE 1ST NOVEMBER TILL DATE) However, 25th December onwards, ambient air quality has improved due to better wind speed. Since, increased levels of PM2.5 and PM10 is found around Anand Vihar and Punjabi Bagh area, the Minister directed the Environment Department to ask the DDA, NDMC, North MCD, South MCD, East MCD, PWD, Transport and Revenue Departments, Delhi Traffic Police and Delhi Cantonment Board to intensify urgent air pollution controlling measures in Anand Vihar and Punjabi Bagh areas including sprinkling of water, mechanical sweeping of roads, strict vigil to check burning of leaves, garbage and dust generated due to constructional activities. He also directed to take stringent action against plying of vehicles without valid PUC, Visibly polluting vehicles, Overloaded vehicles, non-destined vehicles etc.Proof
Delhi Government proposes energy management plant in Ghazipur to beat pollution & save Rs 8 crore of taxpayers’ money New Delhi: 22/12/2016 Plant to generate 1800 KW per hour electricity Eco friendly waste management system based on technology from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre To curb air pollution, the Delhi Government on Thursday proposed setting up of an energy plant in the Fish and poultry market at Ghazipur. This is a part of an action plan for the next year, following a high level meeting of the agriculture marketing board, secretaries of mandis and Delhi Government officials. The Delhi Government will be floating a tender for allotting a contract for building this plant, soon. The plant is proposed to be commissioned in an area of 15,00 sq meters within the Fish & Poultry Market, at Ghazipur. The capex cost of the plant is Rs. 3.33 Crore and the overall cost of the project is Rs. 6.66 Crore. “The project will save Rs 8 crore of the taxpayers’ money and will generate 1800 KW per hour electricity,” said Development Minister Mr. Gopal Rai. “The waste to energy management plant will convert approximately 10-15 metric tonne of waste into energy on daily basis.” Currently 10 metric tonne waste is generated from the fish and poultry markets and is transported to Sanitary Landfill Site of MCD in Ghazipur. This has raised the risk of environmental hazards. In order to mitigate this problem, the department shortlisted technology to be adopted through Sector Experts including experts from IIT, DSIIDC, MCD. The Nisarguna Technology based on biogas plant with bio-logical H2S removal system for power generation unit was shortlisted for calling tenders. Presently, the department is incurring an annual expenditure of Rs. 11.94 Cr. on all the operations which are proposed to be taken up by the agency. Approximately 1800 KW per hour electricity shall be supplied by the agency to run the market on which the department is incurring a cost of Rs. 58 lakh per annum. The entire project cost is expected to be recovered within 4-5 years. The scope of work includes sweeping, scavenging, collection, segregation and transportation of 10 TPD Fish & Poultry waste from shop to shop. It also entails management and Operation of Waste to Power plant for treatment of Fish & Poultry Waste in Ghazipur. Disposal of Fish, Poultry Solid Waste Management if generated from Waste to Power plant is also included. Approximately 150 Kgs of residual manure shall be produced from treatment of 1 Ton waste and this residual manure shall be removed. There are 19 vendors who have this technology and a RFP document for call of tenders has been prepared and finalized in consultation with Sector Experts as well as Standing Committee of DAMB for installing waste to energy plant.Proof
Delhi Govt announces its roadmap to tackle air pollution during winter months · Deputy CM Manish Sisodia directs implementation of measures within a definite timeframe · Mr Sisodia directs vacuum cleaning of roads again and water sprinkling on PWD roads to control dust immediately. Deputy Chief Minister Mr Manish Sisodia on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of air pollution control measures with the onset of winter season. The meeting was attended by PWD & Health Minister Mr Satyendar Jain and Environment Minister Mr Imran Hussain, Chief Secretary Mr KK Sharma and senior officials from the Environment, PWD, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Delhi Jal Board. Deputy Chief Minister directed following decisions to be implemented, which emerged after an elaborate discussion at the meeting i) Dust control measures from construction activities. (a) DPCC is to take regular action on construction sites having built up area more than 20,000. Sq. mtr. DPCC is to submit a detailed note in this regard to the Deputy CM. (b) SDMs and AEs(PWD) (who have already been authorized to take regular action against construction sites having built up area 400 sq. mtr to 20,000 sq. mtr.) to take action against construction sites and violating dust pollution controlling norms. (c) SDMs and AEs (PWD) who also to take action/challan against those storing construction materials on roads. (d) Swachh Delhi App developed by the Urban Development Department to be also linked with dust complaints from construction sites. Deputy CM directed public awareness to be created so that the public can send complaints using this App. (e) MCDs to include demolition cost while sanctioning building plans. ii) Prohibition of burning of leaves, garbage etc. (a) SO (Horti.) of concerned park is to be challaned if burning is observed in any park. (b) SI/ASI (Sanitation) of land owning agencies to be challaned if burning of garbage/leaves is observed on roads. (c) Redesign of the DPCC Whats App helpline No. 9717593574, by analyzing last 10 days data with respect to action taken and feedback from implementing agencies. iii) Vacuum cleaning of roads (a) PWD to re-introduce the mechanism for vacuum cleaning of roads which was stopped during Monsoon. (b) PWD to initiate sprinkling of roads and dust cleaning on 100 ft. and above roads measuring about 500 km length once in a week. Jet pressure pump technique to be used for water sprinkling on footpah edges, road bumps and central verges. Deputy CM directed this process to be initiated within a fortnight. (c) PWD to explore installation of mist fountain at five important traffic intersections, to start with, namely Mukarba Chowk, Anand Vihar etc. (d) PWD to explore possibility for installing air purifier at traffic intersections. (e) PWD to invite tenders for hiring the operator for vacuum cleaning on a long term basis. iv) Green Crematoriums Chief Secretary is take a meeting with MCDs, NDMC and Environment/DPCC regarding green crematorium (on pilot base) for installation of emission control device (like chimney, wet scrubber etc.). This should be a joint project of MCDs and DPCC. The DPCC is to monitor air quality level before and after the pilot project. v) Waste Management (a) Delhi government to inspect three landfill sites viz., Bhalaswa, Okhla and Ghazipur since these are a matter of concern. The Deputy CM directed that immediate steps be taken to control/trap Methane to reduce its emissions in open air. DPCC and DJB will submit a report to the Deputy CM after exploring the use of sludge on the landfill sites. (b) Power Department to initiate process of installation of waste to energy plant at Rajghat power station. (c) Matter is to be taken up with GAIL with respect to controlled burning methane gas and covering of landfill sites with inert material, alum sludge from water treatment plant of DJB. Chief Secretary is to take meeting with MCDs, DJB and DPCC in this regard. vi) Pollution from passenger waiting vehicles (buses, auto etc.) at border areas of Delhi. Matter to be taken up with the central government in the upcoming inter-state meeting on 04.11.2016 at MOEF& CC, GOI. The Deputy Chief Minister has decided to take a weekly review of the steps decided in the meeting. Mr Sisodia will also meet officials of concerned departments on a regular basis.Proof
New Delhi : 30/11/2016 Deputy Chief Minister Mr Manish Sisodia directs immediate implementation of six new measures to curb the menace of air pollution in Delhi High-level meeting attended Environment Minister Imran Hussain and officials from PWD, Environment and Delhi Poltution Control Committee CSIR NEERI,a science R&D institute of the Government of India, will design and implement the measures Induced-draft air treatment systems to be installed at five major traffic intersections in Delhi by CSIR NEERI in collaboration with the Public Works Department (PWD) Five design and technical studies for targeted solutions to be conducted CSIR NEERI in collaboration with DPCC In a high level meeting on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Manish Sisodia directed immediate implementation of six new measures to curb the menace of air pollution in Delhi. The ideas and their proposals stem from scientific reports of Government of India by CPCB, CSIR and NEERI and orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), a research institute created and funded by Government of India, has been given the mandate to design and implement these solutions. In collaboration with the PWD, NEERI will design and execute induced-draft creation units at five major traffic intersections in Delhi. The IDC at IIT Bombay will help NEERI design for these traffic intersections. Such a unit has the potential to reduce carbon monoxide and particulate emission by 40%-60% emission in 20-30 m radius during peak hours of traffic. Pilot study executed in IIT Bombay on JVLR Road shows reduction of 55-76% for PM2.5 and 73-88% for PM10. Air quality sensors, anemometers, camera and counters will be mounted on these units for better mapping which will enable robust data assimilation and analysis. This step will also execute directions of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to DPCC dated 29th December 2015, which requires action on creating green buffers along traffic corridors, and reduce kerbside pollution and intervene at road traffic intersections using different technologies, as per the directions. The Deputy CM also ordered that DPCC conduct the five following studies regarding air pollution along with NEERI, which will result in concrete deliverables, which will help the Delhi Government to curb the menace of air pollution. These are as follows: S.No Study 1 Feasibility of use of cow dung, sewage sludge, alum sludge for its possible fuel pellets, tiles, bricks or other useful material 2 Design of air pollution control system for green crematorium 3 Design of passive venting system for dumpsite 4 Design and policy document for brick kilns air pollution control 5 Design of a clean tandoor community kitchen system These steps will help the government as it prepared to fight air pollution in Delhi in the short as well as long run.Proof
Delhi Government Launches a First-of-its Kind App to crackdown on Air Pollution Click photographs to report vehicular, construction pollution & burning of leaves MCD teams to take prompt action & maintain database of polluted spots Sanitation inspectors to be fined if complaints are not addressed properly App can be easily downloaded from the Google play store on your mobile phone Dated : 09/11/2016 To combat the current air pollution situation, the Delhi Government on Wednesday launched the Swachh Delhi App to empower citizens for complaining against garbage/dry leaves burning in the open and polluting vehicles. Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia launched the App in presence of his cabinet colleagues Shri Satyendar Jain, Shri Imran Hussain and Chief Secretary of Delhi Shri KK Sharma. Swachh Delhi App is now available on Google Play Store and it can be easily downloaded on any mobile smart phone. Citizens can send photographs of any violations mentioned above which directly cause air pollution (PLEASE FIND ATTACHED ENTIRE DETAILS ABOUT THE APP ALONG WITH THIS PRESS RELEASE). The government will be monitoring the complaints on a daily basis throughout the winter season. Shri Sisodia said that this decision was taken by the Delhi Government following a high level meeting with the hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, the Centre and other stakeholders during recent meetings to tackle air pollution in the Capital. “Now citizens of Delhi can capture images of offending vehicles causing air pollution and other related activities like burning of leaves, plastic and old tyres, unattended garbage dumps and also construction waste. This will be forwarded to the concerned department and teams will be immediately dispatched to resolve the problem,” said Shri Sisodia. “We need the help of our citizens for tackling this problem at the ground level. Sanitary inspectors will supervise this procedure. This is why this App will be very useful. In fact, if any issue is not resolved properly then the sanitation inspectors will be asked for an official explanation. “A fine will be imposed on them which they will be have to pay from their own salary. We are finalizing legalities to ensure an SDM oversees this entire process,” the Deputy Chief Minister said. The Urban Development department will track important statistics and data like how many complaints are being lodged and which areas have maximum complaints. Senior officials have been roped in to keep a strict eye on how their field staff is responding to these complaints. The salient features of App. is as under:- – Any citizen can access on this App through Google Play Store. – The main thrust of the App is air pollution viz burning of garbage & leaves, industrial & traffic pollution and dust pollution due to construction & demolition waste. – The citizen after capturing the picture of garbage/malba/any kind of pollution can send to “Swachh Delhi App”. The complaint will be received through registered mobile no. with unique ID at central monitoring system in Urban Development Department and the complaint will be forwarded to concerned agencies for immediate redressal. An auto generated message will also be provided to the complainant through software. – Two dedicated staff has also been deployed in UD Department for prompt forwarding to complaints to concerned agencies from 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. – The Dy. C.M. will monitor the status on daily basis and through weekly meeting continuous and comprehensive evaluation be done for effective use of App.Proof
Ongoing Dust control measures of PWD to combat air pollution in Delhi Following directions from Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal last week, the PWD launched massive dust control operations to combat air pollution. The details of the ongoing operations are as follows: To control dust pollution footpaths, kerbs and central verges are being washed using water jets through tankers. For this purpose 54 tankers as on 09-11-2016 (Wednesday) have been deployed on arterial roads. Presently as per the traffic restriction these tankers are deployed between 11.00 AM to 04.00 PM only and each tankers on and average can make two trips only. Joint Commissioner (Traffic), Delhi Police has been requested on 09-11-2016 for relaxation of traffic norms for operation of tankers. The details of manpower, tankers and maintenance van deployed on different dates are as below: Date Manpower Water Tanks Maintenance Van 06-11-2016 720 18 90 07-11-2016 952 44 112 08-11-2016 1094 57 116 09-11-2016 1045 54 115 Pace of Horticulture activity has been improved. Bald patches at green spaces on central verges and footpaths are unable to hold top soil which contributes to air pollution. These are being repaired. In the interim period to control the dust pollution on roads, PWD has also undertaken the task of sweeping and cleaning of dust and removal of malba along central verges, kerbs and footpaths. Broken footpaths, kerbs, central verges and road surfaces also add to air pollution as loose particles increase abrasive action thereby resulting in generation of dust. Therefore these road elements are being repaired and maintained. Adequate number of manpower and materials have been deployed for these purposes. Further, tenders for 15 fresh mechanised sweepers has been invited which is due to be received on 11-11-2016 (Friday) and the vacuum sweeping of roads will start immediately thereafter. Initially vacuum sweeping will be started with a frequency of once a week on all PWD arterial road having ROW 100 feet and above and later on for other PWD Roads in phased manner.Proof
Delhi Cabinet decisions to tackle air pollution : Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday morning convened an emergency meeting of the Cabinet over air pollution. Following an elaborate discussion, the Cabinet decided several stringent measures to handle the emergency situation of air pollution in Delhi. Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal announced the following major decisions finalised in the meeting : All kinds of construction and demolition prohibited for five days beginning Monday. Use of all Diesel Gen-sets prohibited for next five days beginning Monday. This however, does not apply on emergency services like hospitals and mobile towers. Badarpur Power Plant to be closed down for next 10 days beginning Monday. Water sprinkling on roads of 100-feet and above to begin from Monday, should be done by the PWD on all such roads at least once a week. Transportation of fly ash from Badarpur plant prohibited for next 10-days. Water to be sprinkled on fly ash dump at the Badarpur plant to stop the ash from spreading in the air. Strict enforcement of prohibition on burning of leaves/waste, officers to be held accountable for any lapses in their respective areas of jurisdiction. Vacuum cleaning of roads to start from November 10th. All Schools in the city (Government as well as private) to remain closed for the next three days beginning Monday. MCDs directed to ensure that fires emanating from landfill sites are immediately stopped. Concerned departments directed to start making preparations for Odd-Even Scheme. Advisories to be issued by health and environment departments. Environment department to launch an app immediately to enable the public to report cases of leave and garbage burning. Committee comprising of Chief Secretary and Environment Secretary to take up with the central government the possibilities of artificial rain over Delhi so that the dust settles down.Proof
Detailed orders on stringent steps to curb air pollution Please find attached the following three detailed orders issued by the Environment Department for strict enforcement under relevant provisions of the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act for prohibition open burning of leaves/garbage; five days ban on construction and demolition activities and 10 days ban on use of generators run on diesel/petrol/kerosene to control air pollution in the national capital : 1) If any garbage/dry leaves burning is observed, the officer of concerned jurisdiction will be held personally responsible 2) All land owning agencies and local bodies have to take necessary steps to comply with directions regarding the stoppage of all construction and demolition activities. All agencies have to submit daily reports 3) SDMs and officers of local bodies have to comply with the directions for prohibition of all kinds of generators for 10 days except those on emergency duty.Proof
Delhi govt begins process for installation of RFIDs & Weigh-in-Motion machines at 13 entry points RFIDs will regulate entry of commercial vehicles into Delhi to curb air pollution as per directions of hon’ble Supreme Court PWD & Health Minister, Shri Satyendar Jain directs RITES to prepare bidding documents for installation of RFID for entry points New Delhi: 27/10/2016 Delhi government on Thursday set in motion the process for the installation of Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs) and Weigh-in-Motion machines at all 13 entry points to the national capital for regulation of commercial vehicles to check air pollution in the national capital. PWD and Health Minister Shri Satyendar Jain chaired a meeting of all the concerned departments including the MCDs, Transport, VAT, PWD, Environment, DPCC, DSIIDC etc., and directed immediate steps to curb air pollution in accordance with the hon’ble Supreme Court guidelines of levying Environmental Compensation Charge (ECC) on commercial vehicles entering the national capital. Shri Jain directed that RITES (a central government enterprise under the Railways) will prepare the bidding documents for the process so that the work for the installation of RFIDs and Weigh-in-Motion equipments could begin at the earliest. It was decided in the meeting to ensure a foolproof system for the implementation of the Supreme Court guidelines without any pilferage and lack of clarity. Hon’ble Supreme Court has already made it clear that the ECC collected ought to be exclusively used for augmenting public transport and improving roads in Delhi. Delhi government is also in the process of implementing a series of steps to check air pollution, which assumes serious proportions during winter months. (Announcements in this regard will be made very soon). The Environment Department has already ordered a crackdown and strict enforcement of imposition of Rs 5,000 fine on those burning garbage and dry leaves etc., in the open.Proof
The pioneering scheme of "Odd – Even" was successfully implemented from 1st to 15th January, 2016 in order to reduce pollution and ease out congestion.
A special drive has been launched to enforce Dust Control Measures at construction projects. Area SDMs, Tehsildars, Assistant Engineers of PWD and DPCC are regularly inspecting big projects to check compliance. Till date, around 1600 construction sites have been inspected, resulting more than 1300 challans being issued against violators. The government has also approved plans for mechanised sweeping of roads to deal with the problem of excessive road dust.Proof
An e-rickshaw policy has been announced. The mechanism for registration of e-rickshaws has been established. A subsidy of Rs.15,000/- has been announced to encourage e-rickshaws, which will be enhanced to Rs.30000/- very soon. Around 4600 e-rickshaws have already been registered till date.Proof