Green Marshals To Check Open Burning, Violations Of Construction Norms In Delhi
The Delhi government has deployed 14 environment marshals in seven municipal wards of the city to flag instances of open burning of waste, violation of construction norms and spillage of garbage at roadside dumps. The personnel, who will be paid Rs 5,000 a month, have been deployed in three wards of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, two wards of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and two wards of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
"They have been instructed to act as eyes and ears of the environment department and report such violations," an official statement said.
In a recent meeting of the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), the Supreme Court-mandated body directed the government to send its staff instead of outsourcing such work.
The government representative in the meeting said the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) was severely understaffed, which had prompted it to delegate the work to third-party contractors.
Environment Minister Imran Hussain said the government planned to increase the number of marshalls to 100 who will be deployed in 50 wards spread across the three civic bodies.
The wards covered so far are Anand Vihar, IP Extension, Jhilmil, Daryaganj, Okhla, Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar-Samaypur Badli and Shahbad Daulatpur-PoothKhurd.
With inputs from Housing News