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Delhi generates 131 tonnes dust every day: Dr Harsh Vardhan

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 Rohit Shishodia
Seventy teams of officials will go all over Delhi and take on the spot penal action against dust and other polluters.

It is not just the vehicular pollution and burning of crops in Delhi-NCR that contributes to air pollution in the national capital, but dust remains the major source of air pollution in Delhi.

India's Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has stated that Delhi generates 131 tonnes of dust every day. Controlling this dust would bring down air pollution drastically.

The minister pointed out that large-scale construction in Delhi-NCR is one of the major causes for increasing dust and pollution in the air.

The minister informed that the centre and Delhi government will together launch intense exercise to address all sources of pollution in Delhi from February 10 to February 23, 2018.

The minister said that efforts to reduce pollution levels will not be restricted to these two weeks only, but taken throughout the year on a continuous basis. He said that a strong message has to go down that pollution is a serious economic and health issue that is linked to our national image also.

The minister informed that seventy joint teams of officials of Ministry of Environment, CPCB, Delhi Government, DPCC, Municipal Corporations and NDMC have already been constituted.

These teams will fan out to every administrative division of Delhi, monitor causes of pollution and initiate remedial measures, including on the spot penal action against serious polluters.

“The situation has reached a stage, where we cannot tolerate pollution any more and there has to be an emphasis on Zero Tolerance to Polluters,” said the minister.

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