The Fact News Service
SAS Nagar, September 14
With the motive to remove the tag of Non-Attainment City, nearest town Dera Bassi would soon be equipped with a Mechanical Sweeping System, Water Sprinkler, Electric Vehicles Charging Stations and Electric Vehicle Based Waste Collectors.
Divulging this, Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) Komal Mittal said that the Central Pollution Control Board has identified 94 Non-Attainment City (NAC) which have consistently violated air quality standards throughout the country, and Dera Bassi is one of them. She said, cities are declared NAC if over a 5 year period they consistently do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Index, apprising that the Action Plan is already prepared for counter measures in Dera Bassi, in which pollution check centers have already been upgraded and efforts are being made to de-congest the vehicular mess on main light points.
Mittal informed that the construction work of two parking zones already started on tehsil road and adjoining vegetable market of the city. She specifically mentioned that the traffic police strictly monitored the area with a smart CCTV system accustomed with sensing systems. Awareness campaign has already been underway in schools and other vulnerable areas to sensitize people about the ill-effects of pollution through online seminars, camps and public meetings.
Emphasizing on regular checking of pollution emission of vehicles, the ADC (G) said that our focus was on Electric Vehicles in Dera Bassi and PPCB and RTA Secy were told that some charging infrastructure shall be set up in coordination with prominent industries. She also informed that Electric Vehicle based Waste Collectors will also be designated to collect waste from houses in the city.
Instructing the Municipal Council to buy a Mechanical Sweeper System at the earliest, she said that these systems will prove beneficial to increase the air quality as well as advantageous to make life better. She also directed optimum use of water sprinklers to further ameliorate air quality. Stressing upon to control on burning of municipal solid waste and regular checking by MC, she also underlined the need to ensure uninterrupted flow of traffic by police.
The meeting was moderated by Environmental Engineer PPCB Lavneet Dubey. Among others who were present on the occasion included Secretary RTA Sukhwinder Singh, DSP Manvir Singh, Jagjit Singh Jajj EO MC Dera Bassi, Jasdeep Singh from DFSC, RK Raheja and Gurdial Kumar from Agriculture Department.