Photo: ANI
Photo: ANI

Pollution panel discusses steps to control stubble burning

  • Panel also discusses finding permanent solutions to control the spike in the air quality level
  • The meeting of this committee was amidst controversy last week after it saw poor attendance from officials and members of Parliament

NEW DELHI : As pollution levels in Delhi remain ‘very poor’, the standing committee on urban development on air pollution met on Wednesday to discuss measures to control stubble burning and find permanent solutions to control this spike in the air quality level.

The meeting of this committee was amidst controversy last week after it saw poor attendance from officials and members of Parliament.

The meeting was called to discuss the role of municipal corporations of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) in reducing air pollution in Delhi.

“The committee discussed the issue of stubble burning and the measures that can be taken to control it. Officials have been asked to increase their efforts in ensuring that the air quality remain satisfactory and further investigate the reasons for the spike," a person aware of the developments said.

Last week, a controversy erupted after 25 of the 29 members of Parliament and officials from the central environment ministry, DDA and the municipal corporations failed to turn up for the meeting. At the time Delhi was engulfed under a thick blanket of smoke which led to the air quality index was ‘severe’. The meeting on Wednesday saw most members and officials in attendance.

According to the government’s air quality monitoring service- SAFAR-- the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, the air quality was 312 while the satisfactory limit is 100.

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