Based on the complaints registered on the ‘Green Delhi’ app, fourteen pollution hotspots have been identified in the National Capital. The South Delhi region has the highest number of pollution originating points, as per the app.
According to data provided by the Delhi government launched a mobile application, of these fourteen hotspots, ten were found to be polluted due to illegal dumping of garbage on the roadside and vacant land. Two of them were polluted due to illegal dumping of construction and demolition waste (C&D), litter on the roadsides, public lands and the Yamuna flood plain. And one each resulted from dust pollution and the burning of garbage, plastic waste.
The New Delhi hotspots are located in Ring Road, Hamilton Road, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Vasant Kunj, Majnu ka Tila and Sangam Vihar.
In West Delhi, a total of twenty-six such points have been located with dust pollution due to construction and demolition activity and air pollution from sources other than industries and the ones causing pollution in the New Delhi region.
Shadipur, Paschim Vihar, Tikri border, Nangloi, Anand Parbat, Najafgarh, Naraina, J.J. Colony, Sainik Farm, Punjabi Bagh, Uttam Nagar, Tagore Garden Extention are some of the pollution originating points in the West Delhi region.
In East Delhi, most of the complaints received are that of dust pollution. Six hotspots have been identified in Ghazipur, Kalyan Puri, Mayur Vihar Phase-3 and Trilok Puri.
A metro construction site near Trilokpuri has further contributed to the dusty atmosphere of the area.
Fifteen origin points have been located in central Delhi’s Daryaganj, Chandi Chowk, Railway Colony, Paharganj and Nehru Nagar, among other places.
South Delhi has thirty-three pollution hotspots with complaints of biomass burning, dust from construction and demolition, road dust and illegal dumping of waste received from even high-end areas like Malviya Nagar, R.K. Puram, Moti Bagh, Friends Colony, Saket, Lado Sarai, Kalkaji and Munirka.
In North Delhi’s six hotspots, places like Jahangirpuri, Shastri Park, Narela are under the government’s radar.
The remaining points are located in Shahadra, south-west, south-east, north-west and north-east Delhi.
On Tuesday, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai launched a ‘Green War Room’ and ‘Green Delhi’ app for IOS users and addressed the people’s concerns. He told the media that with the help of the complaints received on the application in the last year, 150 pollution hotspots had been identified in the National Capital.
He added that the pollution hotspots would be closely monitored and that preventive action would be taken with the help of departments and officials concerned.
This 24X7 Green War Room will work actively from October to February as Delhi’s air is most polluted during this time.
With the onset of winter, the pollution level in Delhi starts rising, which leads to a highly toxic atmosphere.
Under its anti-dust campaign, the Delhi government has set up 17 teams of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and 14 teams of Green Marshals. They will check pollution origin points, i.e. hotspots like construction sites, dumping of waste and garbage-burning in the national Capital to prevent such activities in the first place.
In addition to that, 14-point guidelines and 10-point Winter Action Plan have also been introduced by the Delhi government.
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