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15 focus points to combat winter air pollution: Rai

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to upgrade the ‘Green War Room’ and ‘Green’ application created by the AAP Government to monitor air pollution levels, its sources and address public grievances. “The Winter Action Plan for this year is structured around 15 focus points including pollution from dust, controlling stubble burning within Delhi, burning of waste, industrial emissions, vehicular emissions, pollution at the ‘hotspots’, real-time source apportionment study that will be done this winter, smog towers, firecrackers, increasing “green areas”, and “dialogue with the Central Government and neighbouring States. The DPCC has been directed to work on the main focus points, which are dust pollution, industrial pollution, upgrading of the war room and green app, smog tower, and real-time apportionment study,” Rai said.

At a meeting with DPCC officials, the Minister directed them to ensure that all construction and demolition projects larger than 500 square metres are registered on the construction and demolition (C&D) portal and that a special drive is launched to accomplish this, an official statement said.

The portal was launched in October last year in a bid to control dust pollution in the Capital.

The project proponents have to self-audit their compliance with dust control norms and upload a self-declaration on the portal on a fortnightly basis.

The portal also facilitates officials to conduct site inspections, submit reports online and levy and collect fines.Rai asked the DPCC to prioritise the work on the real-time source apportionment project and assessment report of the smog tower at Cannaught place.

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