Last week, Delhi-NCR witnessed an unusually high air pollution level. Conscious of the importance of clean air, authorities are still going all out against the activities in the region that contribute to vitiating the atmosphere in all major zones of the city.
During a drive for restoration of clean air, EDMC teams visited 300 restaurant and dhabas and found 36 of them violating norms for clean air by burning wood in tandoor generating high levels of bio-mass. Burning of wood causes carbon dioxide and it pollutes fresh air. Challans worth Rs 48,000 were imposed on 300 eateries.
According to a weekly report released by the EDMC, a total of Rs 12,39,450 were collected through the challans issued to those indulging in the air polluting activities in the area.
Garbage burning found at 40 places out of a total of 338 raided by the EDMC teams. Dust from construction and development sites were found at 22 places out of 85 visited.
Though dust from unpaved and broken roads was found to be zero, EDMC official spokesman and information officer, Dr. Yogendra singh maan, said, “We are seeing slight improvement in air quality. Credit for this should go to the awareness drives carried out by various NGOs and authorities.”
However, he said little bit of such activity should be ignored when it comes to one’s bread and butter.
Bhishan Singh, 76, an asthma patient from Naveen Shahdara, was all praise for the EDMC drive. He said, “If only they had launched the drive earlier, I had not been suffering from the respiratory ailment.”
Reacting to the raids on eateries using tandoor, Dr. Surjeet Singh, a physician from Vivek Vihar phase 1, said, “Action against the polluting ovens was long overdue. There should be no lenient to people indulge in wood burning just because it is associated with someone’s occupation. We can’t allow our city to become a gas chamber.”
Rakesh Kumar from Patparpanj wanted to know what action the EDMC is going to take against those who make bonfire of wood to warm up during winters.