Delhi’s South West district has been selected as a ‘model district’ for District Environment Plan (DEP), according to a report submitted monitoring committee to the National Green Tribunal (NGT). As per the directions from the green panel, all the 11 districts in the capital have to prepare a DEP considering seven thematic areas. These include – waste management, water quality management, ambient air quality, domestic sewage, industrial wastewater management, noise pollution, and mining activities.
To realise the DEP, all the respective District Magistrates have been asked to coordinate with the officer in-charge at the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) for pre-requisite data on the various thematic areas listed in the Tribunal’s directive.
Moreover, the districts have been asked to prepare a separate plan for different types of waste like biomedical waste, domestic waste, hazardous waste, industrial waste, etc.
The monitoring committee’s report clearly states that the data from the South West district has been collected from the respective civic body and has been submitted to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). However, other districts are facing issues in data collection due to the sudden surge in COVID cases in March.