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‘Adopt zero tolerance towaste burning’

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The Central Pollution Control Board-led task force has directed implementing agencies of Delhi-NCR to take action with “zero tolerance” to waste burning and construction activities.

The directions were issued at an emergency meeting of the CPCB-led task force on Sunday after Delhi’s air quality slipped to the “severe” category.

The task force said while the measures already in force must continue, the enforcement on “ground needs to be stepped up particularly in hotspot areas” that are vulnerable to high pollution.

It also reiterated its direction for strict implementation of the Supreme Court order on bursting firecrackers.

“The implementing agencies in Delhi and four neighbouring towns — Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurugram — to be on high alert; carry out night patrolling and take actions with zero tolerance to waste burning and construction activities,” the task force said.

The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) said the air quality would improve slightly “provided that no additional local emissions are added on New Year’s eve.”

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