30 December, New Delhi
Centre has issued directions to Delhi and its adjoining states to take steps to prevent air pollution and improve air quality in Delhi and National capital region.
In a direction issued to pollution control board of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, Environment and forests Ministry has asked to take immediate steps to launch extensive awareness drive.
The other action points include strict action against polluting vehicles, installation of weigh in motion bridges, prevention of parking of vehicles in non designated areas and retrofitting of diesel vehicle will particulate filters.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi today, Environment and forests Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the states have been asked to take stringent action against open burning of Biomass, agriculture waste and crop residues and submit periodic status report.
He said, the direction has been issued under the Air (prevention and control of pollution act 1981). Centers direction comes ahead of Delhi government launch of odd-even formula to restrict movement of vehicles to control air pollution.