East Delhi demands local air-control mechanisms
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East Delhi demands local air-control mechanisms

Close on the heels of the eventuality of a third round of odd-even scheme in the capital, East Delhi RWAs call for installation of air-monitor systems in various localities.

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A day after the city government hinted at the possibility of implementing the third phase of odd-even scheme in the capital, the East Delhi RWAs raised their demands for installing permanent air-pollution monitoring systems in their localities.

The demand was first put forth by a joint forum of East Delhi’s RWAs during the first round of the odd-even scheme in January this year. Now, the RWA federations in Mayur Vihar, Mayur Vihar Extension and Vasundhara Enclave, too, have decided to exert pressure on the Delhi government.

JP Sharma, secretary of Joint Forum of Cooperative Group Housing Society in Vasundhara Enclave, said, “Our association will raise this issue before the government. To make our case stronger, we seek cooperation from the RWAs of other areas too.”

Currently, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee monitor the city’s air quality. Many feel if the monitoring is handed over to the RWAs, the system will function more effectively.  Echoing similar views, BS Vohra, president, East Delhi Joint Forum of RWAs, said, “Permanent air-control mechanisms are urgently required at local levels. If the RWAs are allowed to monitor the systems, the residents would have to tread more cautiously, thus it will prove more effective in curbing pollution.”

The  RWA demand has, however, not gone down too well with the Delhi government. When City Spidey contacted a senior official in the environment department, the response was rather offish. “The RWA demand seems just if one looks at the constantly falling quality of the city air, but it is not as easy as it seems. Even the government is dependent on private agencies for monitoring the capital’s air pollution.”