Mumbai: In the midst of deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR, the central government has brought an ordinance through a new law to check pollution and prevent violators. Under the new laws, polluters can face up to five years in jail and fines of up to Rs 1 crore.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday signed an order to form a committee to look into the air quality management of the national capital and its adjoining areas. In particular, the 18-member commission will work to research and identify solutions to rising air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
The committee will be chaired by a Chairperson appointed by the Center and will include representatives from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. It will replace all existing bodies including the Supreme Court-appointed Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for the National Capital Region.
On Monday, the central government told the Supreme Court that it was considering creating a permanent body by enacting a law to deal with the annual air pollution issue in Delhi-NCR arising out of burning stubs in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.