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Hry not doing enough to check industrial air pollution: EPCA

September 20, 2019 05:53 AM


Hry not doing enough to check industrial air pollution: EPCA
caught on cam SC-appointed agency has also found fault with UP in this regard

Press Trust of India

New Delhi : The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on Thursday said authorities in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have not been taking enough steps to keep industrial sources of air pollution in check and many units in the two states have “not switched to cleaner fuels”.

EPCA chairman Bhure Lal said he has been conducting meeting with officials through video conferencing on steps to be followed to help check air pollution, especially in the winter.

“We have found that the authorities in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have been neglecting industrial sources of air pollution. We have clicked photos as evidence and have been asking the states to take action. If nothing happens, I myself will visit these states,” he said.

Lauding the efforts made in Delhi to check pollution, Bhure Lal said around 85,000 tonnes of plastic and rubber waste has been lifted by Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited, the Delhi Jal Board and the East Delhi Municpal Corporation from Bawana, Narela, Mundka, Tikri Kalan and Nangloi since last October.

He said garbage, plastic and rubber-burning incidents in Delhi have reduced considerably.

“However, in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, we have found that the industries have not been taking precautions or switching to cleaner fuels to reduce air pollution. We have also clicked pictures of places where plastic and rubber were being burnt,” Bhure Lal said.

“I believe, if we get complete support of industry and if they give up use of furnace oil, coal, tyre oil and petcoke, we will able to keep the situation under control in the winters,” the EPCA chairman said.

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