Inspections by Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR
To effectively tackle the menace of air pollution across the National Capital Region (NCR), the Flying Squads of the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) up to 15.02.2022 have inspected a total 4890 sites for enforcement and compliance of statutory directions issued by the Commission & extant rules to improve the air quality of Delhi-NCR. Out of the total sites inspected by the Commissionís Flying Squads, 407 units/ establishments (including Industries, C&D Sites and DG Sets) were issued closure notices by the Enforcement Task Force (ETF). These flying squads have been inspecting all parts of the Delhi-NCR to track down violators and for stringent actions against them. Up to 15.02.2022, total 392 units/ establishments were physically closed.

Since December, 2021, CAQM constituted 40 Flying Squads (12 each for the NCR Districts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and National Capital Territory of Delhi, and 4 for the NCR Districts of Rajasthan), are extensively inspecting the units/ establishments/ activities in various sectors (including Industrial, Transport/ Vehicular, Construction/ Demolition, Dust from Roads and Open Areas and other dispersed sources) contributing to rising levels of air pollution.

With dedicated efforts to scale down the air pollutants of Delhi-NCR, CAQMís Flying Squads have inspected and issued closure notices to 94 sites in Delhi, 92 sites in NCR of Haryana, 173 sites in U.P. (NCR), and 48 sites in NCR Region of Rajasthan upto 15.02.2022. Out of the total 407 sites, 187 units/ establishments have been allowed to resume their operations after levying suitable Environmental Compensation (EC). Further, minor violations have been referred to SPCBs/ DPCC for appropriate actions under relevant laws.

Following the Commissionís directions, the Flying Squads are continuously making surprise visits, intensive field-level incognito checks at industrial units, C&D sites, commercial/ residential units, air pollution hotspots, etc. and reporting its details to the Commission.

CAQM has also advised the respective implementing agencies including the State Government authorities, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) to continue to ensure compliance and strict implementation of the directions issued by the Commission.