New Delhi, Nov 14, 2023 – In response to the escalating air pollution post-Diwali, the Delhi government has announced the initiation of an ‘Anti-Open Burning’ campaign, set to run from November 14 to December 14. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai shared the details after a review meeting with senior officers from the Environment Department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee.
Minister Rai emphasized the severity of the pollution situation and outlined the campaign’s key features. A total of 611 teams have been deployed across the national capital, working around the clock to monitor and prevent open-burning incidents. The move aims to curb the detrimental impact of open burning on air quality.
Following the spike in pollution levels post-Diwali, Minister Rai confirmed the continuation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP-4) restrictions until further orders from the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM). He directed Deputy Commissioners of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to conduct a special drive focusing on pollution hotspots.
In the ongoing battle against dust pollution, Minister Rai provided an update on the ‘Anti-Dust’ campaign. Approximately 20 thousand construction sites have been inspected, leading to notices and challans issued to 1161 sites for violating guidelines. A fine of Rs 2.47 crore has been imposed on the violators. The ‘Anti-Dust’ campaign is set to continue in two phases, with 591 teams deployed for the second phase from November 14 to 30.
Regarding the Odd-Even car rationing scheme, Minister Rai stated that its implementation would be considered if pollution levels reach the severe plus category. The government remains vigilant and is prepared to take necessary steps to address the air quality crisis in the capital.