India vs Bangladesh first T20: No tolerance in the Delhi match zone

NEW DELHI: While the controversy over the celebration of an international cricket match in the city on Sunday with dangerous levels of air quality continues, local agencies are tasked with improving localized solutions to improve ambient air quality.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation, under whose jurisdiction the area falls, said the area around the stadium has been declared a zero tolerance zone. Special arrangements have been made to control air pollution and dust near the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the central area. Additional patrol teams have also been set up to take instant action against offenders, said Gyanesh Bharti, commissioner of the corporation.

The central zone administration has deployed nine additional water tanks and 12 water sprinklers. In addition, 10 mechanical sweepers have been parked. Bharti added that patrol teams have been asked to maintain their presence throughout the day.

Deputy commissioners will ensure that there is no indulgence during this weather, he added. The civic agency has announced that a special sanitation campaign will be carried out and 35 safai karamcharis have been asked to ensure cleanliness to combat dust contamination.

The licensing department has been authorized to take strict measures against burning of trash, construction activities, dumping of C&D waste, said a corporation official.

ITO is an important traffic intersection point in Delhi. During peak hours, there is a heavy traffic movement in the area. As Delhi's air quality has reached the 'severe' level, more intensive actions are required to combat air pollution, the official said, adding that traffic police have also been directed to deploy large numbers of inspectors. at all intersections in the area ensuring that congestion does not occur.