LG VK Saxena has expressed his displeasure over the Delhi government’s delay in issuing an ordinance on pollution control measures and has instructed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to convey it, sources said on Thursday.
Sources in the LG’s office said a crucial order to curb air pollution in the city, which was supposed to be issued by the chief secretary in October, is yet to be issued, citing what Saxena called “gross negligence”.
“The Delhi government’s disruption is due to environment minister Gopal Rai not clearing the file related to such an order for about a month,” sources said.
On October 22, the Secretary-General sent the Raid file for approval in accordance with the November 2019 order of the Supreme Court and the August 5, 2022 order of the Air Quality Management Commission.
“On November 17, the file was returned to the chief secretary without any supervision by the minister. Then the general secretary sent the file to the OZ and approved it,” the source said.
Approving the file, the LG expressed its “concern and displeasure” at the Delhi government’s ‘such indifference” to the matter and asked it to be conveyed to the chief minister and the environment minister, sources said.
The “much delayed” order is now expected to be issued, they said.
By issuing an order, the Chief Secretary will direct the relevant officials to strengthen their responsibilities in the areas of construction, demolition, waste and dust control, spraying water at polluted points, repairing roads, and closing factories. ban on unqualified land, open burning of biomass and solid waste, enforcement of pollution under control (PUC) certificates, etc.
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