In its submissions to the SC on air pollution, the Centre has said that it has collected over ₹4.8 crore as ‘environmental compensation’ from over 100 errant industries in Delhi-NCR, fined thousands of polluting vehicles, found 262 construction sites non-compliant and imposed fines worth ₹80 lakh against them.
Faced with the court’s scrutiny over the adequacy of actions being taken to check air pollution in Delhi NCR, the Centre on Wednesday listed out steps taken against the various sources of pollution.
Around 33 industries, a bulk of them in UP, were closed down after they were found using ‘unapproved fuels’. Another 86 industries were found not meeting the prescribed norms. Environmental compensation of ₹4.85 crore was imposed on such industries.
Around 2,263 vehicles were impounded for plying when they were over 10-15 years old and unfit for movement – the maximum of these were in Haryana at 942, followed by 611 in Delhi and 490 in UP.
A total of 12,150 challans were issued against polluting vehicles, with over 10,000 issued in Delhi alone. Another 13,886 challans were issued against vehicles plying without the required Pollution Under Control certificate — as many as 10,607 were issued in Delhi while 1,234 were issued in Rajasthan, 1,147 in Haryana and 898 in UP.
However, the heaviest fines against polluting vehicles were imposed in Haryana at ₹1.7 crore and ₹1.03 crore in UP against ₹14.6 lakh in Rajasthan and only ₹10,000 in Delhi.
Another ₹11.56 lakh fine was imposed for parking violations to check vehicle idling triggered air pollution.
578 construction sites were closed in the bad air days in Delhi-NCR and 262 sites were found non-compliant, 803 violations of construction and demolition norms were noted and ₹443 lakh collected in fines across Delhi, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan. Delhi imposed penalties worth ₹114.3 lakh.
The Commission for Air Quality Management in Delhi-NCR, meanwhile, claimed that over 250 smog guns were installed, 133 road sweeping machines deployed and over 1,000 water sprinklers and fire tenders pushed into service to help water the suspended dust in the atmosphere.