NEW DELHI: Central Government The commission For Air quality management The National Capital Territory and its surrounding areas have been closed within five months of its constitution.
The commission, set up by the Center in October last year, was struck down due to the cancellation of the ordinance.
Speaking to PTI, Union Environment Secretary RP Gupta said that since the ordinance was not introduced in the six-week conference of Parliament, it has expired and, as a result, the commission is also closed.
Gupta said, “The ordinance has never been made an act. Any ordinance must be introduced within six weeks of summoning the Parliament. It has not been done so the ordinance has been repealed, hence the commission was dissolved. Is, ”said Gupta.
The commission was headed by former secretary MM Kutty Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Official sources in the ministry said they would try to bring the ordinance in the next session of Parliament and in the meantime State pollution control board And Central pollution control board (CPCB) will be the supervising officer.
Facing rising air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the Center introduced an ordinance that was placed in the commission and imposed a jail term of up to five years and a fine of Rs 1 crore for violators with immediate effect. Was.
Under an ordinance issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice on 28 October, the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) was dissolved and replaced by the Commission.
The 20-member commission was set up under the ordinance, signed by the president on October 28, to ensure strict compliance.
The Commission had the power to monitor air quality parameters, standards for discharge of environmental pollutants, inspect the premises violating the law, order the closure of non-compliant industries / plants, etc.
“The ordinance may be called the Commission for Air Quality Management Ordinance 2020 in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas. It shall also apply in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas so far as it relates to matters relating to air pollution in the NCR It was said in the ordinance to apply once.
According to the ordinance, the areas where it was in force included Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and adjoining areas of Uttar Pradesh, NCR and Delhi where any source of pollution was located.
The Commission had the power to prohibit any industry, operation or processes or class of industries that could have an impact on air quality in the region.
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