Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: The ‘Environment Marshals’ who were considered ‘toothless’, flagged around 10,000 violations this year since January, helping the Authorities take action against violators as well as curb air pollution.
Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain, who held a meeting to take stock of the measures being taken said, “The marshals have detected at least 9,845 violations since January this year. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee had deployed environment marshals in wards of the three civic agencies”.
At the beginning, 14 home guard volunteers were deployed as marshals in seven municipal wards of the three municipal corporations: South Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and New Delhi Municipal Council. Later, their numbers were increased to 83. These were deployed to act as a deterrent and to flag violations.
A series of actions such as: including sprinkling water at construction sites, increased mechanised sweeping of roads and diverting vehicles not destined for Delhi, among others, were issued. Municipal bodies were also asked to explore the feasibility of water sprinkling in inner lanes of the residential neighbourhoods before sweeping.