PMO for a permanent long-term solution to curb air pollution, holds a review meeting with the states for the second day

NEW DELHI: On Monday, senior officials from Delhi, Punjab and Haryana described to the Prime Minister's Office the steps taken by their states in the last 24 hours to verify, including the imposition of fines on those who burn and spray water at identified critical points .

In holding a review meeting for the second consecutive day on the fight against pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region, the Chief Secretary of Prime Minister PK Mishra said that after taking short-term action, a system will be established to A long term permanent. term solution, a statement issued by said.

He also requested Haryana and Punjab to provide details on the additional measures they took to control new cases of fires and stubble in the last 24 hours.

Delhi-NCR has been wrapped in a thick smog layer since Diwali on October 27.

Punjab chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh said he is personally monitoring the situation with the deputy commissioners of several districts where critical points have been identified.

He said that FIRs are also being registered for violation of the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Act of 1981 and that the state government is taking strict measures to enforce the necessary fines for incidents of violation of said Law, the statement issued by the First Said the minister's office.

Haryana's chief secretary, Kesni Anand Arora, said Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar ordered all interested parties to reduce stubble burning cases in the state as soon as possible.

She said the teams are in the field 24 hours to control cases of air pollution.

Delhi's chief secretary, Vijay Dev, explained that water spraying has intensified and that critical points and corridors are being focused to improve the situation.

The open dumping of garbage in the city has stopped and a maximum fine is being imposed and is collected from violators of these rules.

The Department of Meteorology of India indicated that the climatic conditions will probably remain favorable in the coming days.

Mishra emphasized the importance of preventive action to prevent contamination and emphasized the need to establish a mechanism for immediate action.

The chief advisor to Prime Minister PK Sinha, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, the Secretary of the Environment, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Chairman of the Central Board of Pollution Control and the General Director of the Department of Meteorology of India were Among the meeting attendees.

Pollution levels in the national capital fell marginally on Monday morning due to a slight increase in wind speed, but air quality remained in the severe category.

At 4.38 am, the Delhi Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 438. The AQI in Alipur, Narela and Bawana was recorded at 493, 486 and 472 respectively.

On Sunday, the average AQI of the national capital was 494, the highest since November 6, 2016, when it was 497.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. Above 500 falls in the category 'more severe'.