The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will deploy 50 teams for extensive field visits from October 15 to ensure strict vigilance as pollution levels mount in Delhi and adjoining areas.
The teams will visit Delhi and adjoining and nearby cities such as Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabgarh, Jhajjar, Panipat and Sonepat.
The teams will also closely monitor Alwar, Bharatpur in Rajasthan and the vigil against pollution will continue till February 28 next year.
CPCB teams will monitor sources of pollution at ground level and polluting activities for immediate action. The teams will focus on hotspot areas where the problem gets aggravated.
Air Quality Index will be updated regularly on SAMEER App as informed by Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). On the spot reporting of major air polluting sources such as garbage dumps, open burning of garbage and industrial waste, major construction activities without proper control measures and construction waste alongside the roads and on open plots will be done using SAMEER App.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.
Delhi recorded an AQI of 312 on 16th October, 2020 and a similar AQI in February last year.
A Central Control Room at CPCB headquarters is made functional for keeping track of pollution levels on an hourly basis and coordination with state agencies, working at district levels for better management and coordination with CPCB teams.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, air quality is a major environmental concern in Delhi and the NCR region in the winter season. As winter approaches, the transmission of virus may increase in coming months and people suffering from breathing ailments may find it even tougher. People have been urged to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour as the air quality in Delhi NCR and surrounding regions falls in “poor” category in the month of October, 2020.