As a fact that the industries contribute majorly to the air pollution in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas reviewed the progress of switching over of industries to Piped Natural Gas with the Government of NCT of Delhi, GAIL and Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).
About 1644 of Industrial Units spread across 50 industrial areas in Delhi had been identified to switch over to Piped Natural Gas (PNG). Though a sizeable number of Industries are using PNG, the Commission stressed the need to switch over to PNG by all identified industries in Delhi. IGL and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) were impressed upon to complete the pipeline network, metering and associated infrastructure.
IGL, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the Government of NCT of Delhi were also asked to work in close coordination with the industrial units so as to target completion of infrastructure works and complete switch over to PNG, by all the identified industrial units in Delhi, by January 31, 2021. DPCC was also directed to assess the industries using unapproved fuels and take stringent penal action in case of non-compliances.
(With inputs from PIB)