Delhi pollution: Environment body EPCA suggests four steps to bring situation under control
Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has suggested four emergency steps to reduce the alarming pollution level in New Delhi.
It has suggested that parking fees in Delhi-NCR should be hiked four-fold. It has asked Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches. This step will encourage more people to take public transport, thereby cutting down on emission.
It has suggested fine of Rs 50,000 to be imposed on road construction agencies violating dust pollution norms in Delhi-NCR. Delhi-NCR govts should start preparing for measures like odd-even and ban on construction if pollution aggravates,recommends EPCA.
As the national capital reeled under heavy smog, the National Green Tribunal today took the the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to task and asked them to explain why preventive steps were not taken to control the ‘severe’ air quality in the region. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar lambasted the state governments for not being prepared in advance to tackle the emergency situation.
The national capital woke up this morning to ‘severe’ air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels breached the permissible standards by multiple …read more