SC will consider EPCA report on air pollution on Monday

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will consider a report by the Environmental Pollution Authority (Prevention and Control) on air pollution on Monday.

A bank headed by Judge Arun Mishra will also hear problems related to pollution caused by burning stubble in neighboring states.

In its report to the Supreme Court, EPCA has sought directions to neighboring states to take measures to stop burning of waste, toxic emissions from industries and dust from construction sites.

After the level of pollution in Delhi reached the category of severe more, the EPCA on Friday declared a public health emergency in the region of the national capital of Delhi (NCR) and banned construction activity until November 5.

The EPCA designated by the Supreme Court has sought instructions for neighboring states to take measures to stop the burning of waste, toxic emissions from industries and dust from construction sites.

He directs Delhi and Rajasthan to ensure that no waste is burned in their regions/and that they find methods to dispose of waste accumulated in hot spots and process/incinerate them, the EPCA report said.

The authority said the biggest problem is massive amounts of plastic, rubber and other industrial wastes that are found in empty areas and then burned in the open air, leading to pollution.

The report indicated that industries that emit black smoke visible from the chimney are another source of pollution in the region.

Although Delhi has been able to improve the annual air pollution load in the city from 2010 to now, the city still needs to reduce pollution levels by 65 percent to meet national air quality standards, the special report on Critical points of EPCA contamination.

In the NCR, the EPCA has identified critical points of contamination: Okhla Phase 2, Ashok Vihar, Bawana, Narela, Mundka, Wazirpur, Rohini, Vivek Vihar, Anand Vihar (including Mandoli), RK Puram, Jahangir Puri, Mayapuri (Delhi) , Faridabad 1 and 2, and Gurgaon (Haryana), Sahibabad (Uttar Pradesh) and Bhiwadi (Rajasthan).

It is very critical to act on these critical pollution points to control local pollutant sources to ensure healthier air in the region, EPCA said, adding that these critical points have been identified by him based on the analysis of data from all stations. of air quality monitoring in the region and verified by visits to the site of President EPCA, Bhure Lal.