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ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE (ETF) MONITORING COMPLIANCE OF ORDERS TO CONTROL AIR POLLUTION IN DELHI-NCR

ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE (ETF) MONITORING COMPLIANCE OF ORDERS TO CONTROL AIR POLLUTION IN DELHI-NCR

Context:

According to the news published in PIB on 05 Dec 2021, strengthening its actions in the fight against high levels of air pollution in the Delhi-NCR, the Enforcement Task Force (ETF) of the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) daily conducts comprehensive review meetings directly with 40 inspection teams.

Key Points:

  • Flying squads are being formed to monitor compliance with legal guidelines issued by the Commission to improve Delhi-NCR air quality.
  • These flying squads cover every corner of Delhi-NCR to track down the perpetrators and report their details to the Commission to take strong action against them.
  • CAQM's Enforcement Task Force hosts a daily review meeting in physical or visual mode to assess the status and evaluate daily evaluation reports submitted by the flying squads to the Commission.
  • As of December 4, 2021, around 140 sites were tested by flying squads, and based on reports provided by flying squads, serious breaches by various units are identified for firm measures, including closure.
  • In addition, appropriate action against other non-compliant units is initiated by the Commission.

Inspection Teams Formed:

  • In accordance with the Commission's directives, 12 inspection teams are formed each in the NCR districts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
  • Four teams are deployed in the NCR districts of Rajasthan to inspect units/operations in various sectors (including Industry, Transport/Vehicles, Construction/Demolition, Road Dust and Open Spaces, and other scattered resources), contributing to the increase in air pollution levels.

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