The South Asian Times

08 December 2019 04:04 AM

Air Emergency: Environment Secy to meet 4 Chief Secys

By IANS

New Delhi, Nov 18: The Union Environment Secretary called a high-level meeting on Monday on air pollution with the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh over the severe air pollution in these northern states.

Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, C.K. Mishra, also called senior officials from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Power and Ministry of Agriculture for the meeting.

This meeting is scheduled after a parliamentary standing committee meeting on November 15, to discuss the rising levels of air pollution in the national capital was postponed as most participants, including East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir and civic officials, were absent. Out of 29 members in the committee, only four were present, according to sources.

"Amongst other agenda items related to tackling the issue of air pollution, the meeting is called for monitoring the measures that are currently already underway. In light of the coming winter season, the meeting will also discuss the additional measures required to reduce the severity of air pollution," an official statement said.

Officials of Ministry of Home Affairs will also be present, who will put forth measures required for more effective traffic management, which is another factor aggravating the problem of air pollution.

"The meeting will also be attended by municipal commissioners of NDMC, SDMC, EDMC etc. District Collectors of Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida will also participate via video conferencing," the statement added.

 

Update: 18 Nov, 2019

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