Funds Pollution

The Delhi government has offered to provide funding for projects that offer a viable solution to Delhi’s air pollution problem. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — The Delhi government Dec. 5 said it will provide funds to the three city municipal corporations, the Delhi Development Authority and other organizations, if they can present the government with viable plans to control air pollution.

Environment Minister Imran Hussain made the offer during an air quality review meeting held here.

The meeting was attended by officers from city municipal corporations, including the New Delhi Municipal Council, the Delhi Development Authority, the Delhi Cantonment Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, as well as traffic police and relevant departments within the Delhi government.

The minister urged the agencies to implement a ban on the open burning of garbage and find ways to prevent dust at construction sites, an official statement said.

Hussain also directed the municipal corporations to prevent the stocking of building materials along roads and in open areas, as such materials were one of the major sources of air pollution.

The corporations were directed to submit a report within seven days proving that no building materials were lying along roads or in the open.

Hussain also directed the corporations to issue a public notice through media channels, asking resident welfare associations, various institutions and large building owners to provide electric heaters to security staff so that they do not burn wood, dry leaves or waste materials to keep themselves warm at night.

He also instructed the Public Works Department to remove soil left in the open after plantation drives.

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