Srinagar : Deputy CommissionerSrinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, who is also the Chairman of District Implementation Committee Wednesday reviewed the Action Plan for the implemention and monitoring of National Clean Air Programme(NCAP) of Srinagar in a meeting held here at Meeting Hall of the DC Office Complex.
During the meeting, the DC took a detailed review of the measures undertaken for execution of ₹ 5 Crore Action Plan(Part Ist) under NCAP to ensure stringent implementation of mitigation measures for Prevention, Control and Abatement of Air Pollution and to improve the Air Quality in the non-attainment City of Srinagar District,
The Action Plan was finalized by the District Implementation Committee and approved by the State Level Implementation Committee with various interventions including procurement of 4 Dusting or Vacuum Cleaning machines for regular cleaning of City roads; Procurement of 3 Jetting Machines for water spraying of City roads; Installation of 9 Fountains at major intersections/circles and Installation of Air Quality Monitoring System in the North of the City.
At the outset, the DC was informed that the process of execution of all above works is being done on fast track basis and supply orders for procurement of the machinery has been issued after due tendering process.
During the meeting, the Action Plan –Part-II under National Clean Air Programme of Srinagar for Rs. 13 Crore was also discussed threadbare and the components therein including Creating green zones in the City with mass plantation; Plantation of Vertical Planters at Piers of Bridges/Flyovers; Installation of Clean Air Towers in the City; Paving of Earthen Shoulders along the Urban roads; Installation CAAQMS in East and West Zone of Srinagar; Providing Briquetting Assembly for management of Horticulture waste; Provision of Electrical Crematoriums and Conduct of IEC Activities to promote awareness regarding Air Pollution Control were also discussed.
On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner/Chairman District Implementation Committee issued slew of directions to the Officers of the Pollution Control Board and SMC & other line Departments and set timelines for the completion of different components of the NCA programme in the District.
The DC directed SMC to identify the locations where water fountains are to be developed besides asked for major relevant technological intervention for cleaning air like introduction of electric motor vehicles and installation of smog towers.
The DC emphasized on increasing green cover in city through ornamental plantation on embankments of flood channel and other locations besides creation of carbon sinks to improve the air quality. He also directed officers present in the meeting to conduct extensive research of the measures used by other Cities and Countries to reduce dust and smoke pollution in Srinagar.
Further, the DC asked concerned district Srinagar PCB officials to prepare a detailed presentation of present quality and particulate matter present in air and impact of interventions on air quality.
The meeting was among others attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Officers of SMC, Urban Development Agency, Traffic Police; Regional Transport Office, R&B, Urban Forestry, Pollution Control Board, Floriculture and Sericulture Departments.