Pimpri, November 11, 2023 : In a dedicated effort to combat air pollution within the city, the municipal authorities are actively engaging citizens.
Air pollution control teams have intensified inspections across various locations, taking legal measures against those failing to adhere to pollution prevention guidelines. Commissioner and Administrator Shekhar Singh has urged citizens to cooperate during inspections and play a vital role in curbing air pollution.
The Municipal Corporation has deployed a total of 16 air pollution control teams across 32 wards in Pimpri-Chinchwad city. These teams have conducted numerous inspections, issuing notices under the Environment Protection Act 1986 and the Gas (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 for violations of pollution prevention guidelines.
Instances of air pollution guideline violations have been identified within the municipal area, leading to penal actions. The air pollution control teams have imposed fines totaling Rs 12,92,250 at various locations in the city.
City engineer Sanjay Kulkarni reported that, in just two days, fines exceeding Rs 26 lakh, amounting to Rs 13,62,000, have been collected. This ongoing initiative, led by Commissioner Shekhar Singh and coordinated by Additional Commissioner Vijaykumar Khorate, is set to persist.
Teams are actively surveying construction sites within the division, documenting them through photographs or videography. In cases of non-compliance with pollution control provisions, fines are being imposed, notices issued, and workplaces sealed.
These teams will continue to record the number of notices served, fines collected, and daily actions taken in their ongoing efforts to control pollution.