New Delhi , A six-member special task force has been formed to strictly enforce the restrictions to prevent pollution in Delhi. It will prepare daily action reports and establish coordination among departments. Earlier, Delhi government ministers had also taken to the streets for monitoring. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the average index on Thursday was 419 points. It is kept in serious category. On Wednesday it was at 397 points.
In view of the pollution situation, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai held a meeting with top officials on Thursday. Rai told after the meeting that the Special Secretary of the Environment Department will be the head of the task force. Apart from this, officers of traffic police, transport department, revenue department, municipal corporation, public works department etc. will be its members.
Rai said that according to experts, the wind is likely to remain in very poor category for the next two-three days, because the wind speed is weaker than four kilometers per hour. As long as the wind speed remains slow, the pollution level is expected to remain in the very poor category. In such a situation, the restrictions imposed under GRAP will be strictly implemented at the ground level. He told that after the implementation of GRAP, more than 16 thousand challans were issued for banned diesel-petrol vehicles.
Smog tower is not effective Meanwhile, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) while presenting the report in National Green Tribunal said that smog tower is not effective in reducing pollution. This is not a practical solution to properly solve the problem.
Faridabad is most polluted in NCR
In many cities of NCR also the air was recorded in severe category on Thursday. Among these, Faridabad was the most polluted city. The air quality index (AQI) here was 424 points. At the same time, it was recorded at 363 points in Gurugram, 376 in Ghaziabad, 355 in Noida and 340 in Greater Noida.