On Tuesday (22 December 2020), the Commission for Air Quality Management stated that the industrial sector is one of the major contributors to air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region. The Commission also advised switching over of all industries in Delhi to Piped Natural Gas (PNG).
On the same day, during a meeting, the Commission for Air Quality Management surveyed the progress of switching over of operating industries to PNG in Delhi and Adjoining Areas. The meeting was reported, attended by representatives of the city government, the GAIL and the Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).
The commission led by the former chief secretary of Delhi M M Kutty, instructed IGL to ensure supply of piped natural gas to all identified industries in Delhi by 31st January 2021.
The commission further instructed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to investigate and identify all the industries using unapproved fuels and to take strict punishing action in case of non-compliance. The commission said that GAIL and DPCC have been instructed to provide all the necessary assistance.
Nearly 1,644 industrial units extended over 50 industrial areas in Delhi have been identified so far to switch over to PNG.
Reportedly, the IGL, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Delhi government were further asked to work in close coordination with the industrial units to target the completion of infrastructure work and switch over to PNG by January 31, 2021.
Even though several industries are using PNG, the commission emphasised the need to switch over to PNG by all identified industries in Delhi considering the fact that industrial sector is one of the major contributors to air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
“IGL and GAIL were impressed upon to complete the pipeline network, metering and associated infrastructure,” the commission said.