District magistrate SA Murugesan held a meeting with Uttarakhand environment protection and pollution control board (UEPPCB) on Thursday and instructed the public works department (PWD) to cover construction sites from all sides to prevent rise in air pollution levels.
In another significant decision, the DM said that the administration would not give permission to hold an event unless the organizers give an undertaking that they will clean the area after the event and won’t burn garbage.
The DM added that the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) has been tasked to come up with sites to dump debris generated from ongoing constructions in the city.
UEPPCB also held a follow up meeting with Clean Air Asia (CAA) on Thursday and the organization said that they would submit a draft plan within a month on clean air management in city.
CAA was invited by UEPPCB to help improve air quality in the city. According to a WHO survey, Dehradun ranked 31 among the most polluted cities of the world. A Green Peace India survey had ranked Dehradun 5th in the list of most polluted cities in the country.
CAA has already facilitated an action plan to keep pollution at bay in five other Indian cities — Kochi, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati and Lucknow. Dehradun is the sixth city selected by the organization.