Delhi Clean Air drive: 604 violations in a day, 180 challans issued

 A day after the joint initiative – ‘Clean Air for Delhi’ – to mitigate pollution was launched here, a total of 604 violations were spotted and over 180 challans issued for serious violations across the national Capital.

Clean Air for Delhi, which is a two-week-long campaign launched by Union Environment Ministry and the Delhi government, has about 70 teams monitoring the causes of pollution.
The team, comprising officials from Centre and Delhi governments, municipal corporations, pollution control boards, has been directed to issue on-the-spot challans for serious violations, the Environment Ministry said in an official statement on Monday.

The teams inspected the locations and spotted 604 instances of violations, it added.

Maximum violations, about 332, were noticed in construction and demolition activity. Other violations included 48 instances of open-burning, 72 cases of road dust and 48 cases of traffic congestion.

The violations are being reported to the Control Room that has been set up in the Central Pollution Control Board. And, Whatsapp groups have been created to ensure that information is transmitted quickly to the authorities concerned, the Ministry said.

The monitoring teams have been instructed to continue to take strict action against violators in the coming days. 

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