New Delhi, Dec 26 (PTI) Delhi will publish its first ‘State of Environment Report’ next year that will have data on all key areas, including sewage, water quality, waste collection and segregation etc., put together succinctly.
The city government will likely also give funds to municipal corporations to help manage road dust and potholes, and prevent open waste burning.
“The multiplicity of departments in Delhi impedes problem resolution. It would have been simpler if it was Nagpur, Mumbai or Chennai. So, the objective is to fix accountability of the concerned departments,” an official said.
The Environment Department is currently in the process to put out a tender to find an agency to collect data and prepare the report. This includes all the departments involved, such as municipal corporations, Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board.
“Municipal corporations will provide data related to waste generation, segregation, battery operated vehicles etc., the Delhi Jal Board will furnish data related to water quality, sewage treatment, sewer network etc., and the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board will give information about jhuggi-jhopri colonies,” the official said.
The compilation work will begin in February and be completed by March. He said that this will be the first time such a comprehensive report will be prepared.
The Environment Department will also donate some of the Centre’s funds under the National Clean Air Programme to MCDs to help manage road dust and prevent open waste burning.
“This is also the first time we will give funds to MCDs that have been complaining about the shortage of resources to check pollution. It will help fix accountability,” the official said.
Officials have revealed that the Union Environment Ministry has given Rs 11 crore to Delhi as part of NCAP to address critical gaps and improve air pollution management.
This is the first time Delhi has received funds under NCAP. NCAP is a national-level strategy to reduce PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations by 20%-30% by 2024. 2017 was the baseline year.
NCAP has given Delhi Rs 18.74 crore. According to a senior official at the Union Environment Ministry, the first installment of Rs 11 crore was released earlier in this month.
“The rest of the amount will be released after Delhi submits utilisation certificates for up to 60 per cent of the first instalment,” he said. PTI GVS DIVISION DIV
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