This year, Dwarka has reported the worst air quality at 900 yesterday evening. Despite being a fairly green area, it has emerged as the new pollution hotspot, thanks to rampant open burning of waste. This has prompted Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) — responsible for enforcing the Graded Response Action Plan — to carry out a spot inspection of Dwarka today.
EPCA chairman Dr Bhure Lal is carrying out the inspection and he is accompanied by DDA officials and the SDM of the area.
Speaking to City Spidey, Dr Lal said, "The violators who burn garbage in the open will be arrested. A team of five people, along with police, will roam the area and make spot arrests. In DDA pockets, unauthorised construction will be brought to a halt. A general survey would be done for the sealing drive. Truck found carrying garbage or dust without any cover will be seized. Also, non-complaint industries in the area would be shut down."
He added, "The whole system of checks seemed to have failed in Dwarka. The community, the civic bodies and the police have not been giving their hundred percent."
Dr Lal said he would visit Dwarka again to check if things have improved.
Challans have been issued to big construction companies, including sites of DMRC, DDA and L&T. A total of 11 challans have been issued against violation of construction norms in the area.