In order to avoid repetition of the past in North India in general and Delhi NCR in particular government is taking several steps to improve the air quality during this winter. Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar yesterday chaired a review meeting on the situation of air pollution which has been a recurrent environmental concern in winter season in Northern India especially in Delhi NCR region over last few years. Five states Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab participated in the meeting.
In an effort to combat air pollution caused due to stubble burning the centre has allotted a fund of Rs. 1700 crore to the states for stubble management. Currently,80% subsidy to cooperatives and 50% subsidy to individuals on machineries for stubble is being provided to curb pollution caused due to stubble burning.
There are several other factors that contribute to air pollution other than stubble burning which include constructions and demolition waste, poor waste management, unpaved roads and dust management, Bio mass burning, etc which are also addressed to by the government. In the meeting States too shared their plans to fight against pollution and the Centre have suggested more steps to deal with it further.
Hotspots have been identified in states of UP, Haryana and Rajasthan too and the state governments have been directed to pay more attention to these. Further, State action plans have been prepared and discussed which will be implemented. Delhi government has been directed to take more action on the 13 hotspots in Delhi so as to reduce the air pollution in the capital. 50 teams of CPCB will be deployed in Delhi NCR region to take appropriate action this year.