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Graded action plan against air pollution enforced in Delhi-NCR

18 Oct 2017 | 1:11 AM

NEW DELHI:The Badarpur power plant has been shut, diesel generators banned, hundreds of brick kilns ordered to stop production, and if the air quality worsens, Delhiites may have to shell out more as parking fee, possibly four times the current amount.

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New Delhi, October 17

The Badarpur power plant has been shut, diesel generators banned, hundreds of brick kilns ordered to stop production, and if the air quality worsens, Delhiites may have to shell out more as parking fee, possibly four times the current amount.

The Supreme Court-appointed EPCA, a body empowered to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) under which these steps have been taken, made it clear that if needed it will not hesitate to enforce the 'odd-even' plan, order cars off roads, and shut schools.

Measures under the GRAP's 'very poor' and 'severe' categories came into effect today, and they will remain in force till March 15, the EPCA announced following a review meeting chaired by its chief Bhure Lal, a former IAS officer.

EPCA (Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority) member Sunita Narain said while the GRAP proposes a hike in parking fee under its 'very poor' segment, it cannot be immediately implemented as the Delhi government's parking policy has not yet been finalised.

But she indicated that the EPCA will enforce the measure if pollution levels show any rapid spike, even if a formal policy is not in place.

Only those brick kilns, which have implemented the zigzag technology that helps reduce black carbon emission, have been allowed to function, Bhure Lal said.

Essential services such as the Delhi Metro and hospitals in the city, which depend on diesel-generator sets, will also be exempted.

Narain said measures such as the 'odd-even' car rationing policy - under which private vehicles are allowed on roads based on the last digits of license plates - or closure of schools will be taken only as a last resort under the emergency segment of the action plan.

"However, we are trying to ensure that we do not reach a health emergency like last year, which may force us to shut the city," she said.

Power officials said the closure of the Badarpur plant, which used to supply around 400 MW electricity to discoms, will not have any impact on Delhi as the city has surplus power.

CPCB wanted it to be closed by September, but it could not be done as the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which hosted matches of the U-17 FIFA World Cup, drew electricity from the plant.

The EPCA said the two other thermal power plants in the region, at Dadri and Jhajjar, will also have to be shut if pollution reaches emergency levels and also directed that Bawana gas-based plant be run at full capacity.

The set of actions, which will kick in if the air quality aggravates, include closure of hot mix plants functioning in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, stone crushers in Haryana and Rajasthan, and industries using Furnace Oil and Pet Coke, which are rich in Sulphur, across the region.

Under the GRAP, measures under 'very poor' and 'severe' categories are rolled out when levels of PM2.5 are between 121-250 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) and above 250 µg/m3 respectively. PM10 levels have to be between 351-430 µg/m3 PM10 levels add above 430 µg/m3 respectively. — PTI

DTC offers free ride to women on Bhai Dooj

18 Oct 2017 | 7:07 PM

NEW DELHI: Women in the city will be able to travel for free in the buses of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on the occasion of Bhai Dooj on October 21.

Anti-pollution masks for traffic cops serving on Diwali

Anti-pollution masks for traffic cops serving on Diwali

18 Oct 2017 | 1:11 AM

NEW DELHI:In a bid to arm and prepare the Delhi Police beat the pollution during Diwali, a private company distributed N95 pollution masks to the police team serving on the day of the festival.

Two incidents of fire reported, no casualty

18 Oct 2017 | 1:11 AM

NEW DELHI: A room caught fire at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in South Block around 3.20 am, according to Delhi Fire Service (DSF) control room in charge Surender Singh Rawat.

Two cops suspended for failing to stop cracker sale

18 Oct 2017 | 1:11 AM

NEW DELHI:Two personnel of the Delhi Police have been suspended for allegedly failing to check the sale of firecrackers in their beat areas even after the Supreme Court temporarily banned their sale, said a police official here today.

Kejriwal’s car recovery: LG asks CM to appreciate police efforts

18 Oct 2017 | 1:11 AM

NEW DELHI:Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal asked the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal to appreciate the efforts of the Delhi Police that had led to the recovery of his WagonR car stolen on October 13 from the Secretariat.

Chandigarh slashes VAT by 5 pc; fuel prices down by Rs 2

18 Oct 2017 | 1:11 AM

CHANDIGARH:With the Chandigarh administration today slashing 5 per cent VAT on petrol and diesel, fuel prices in Chandigarh will come down by Rs 2 from Wednesday.

Seventh day of strike: Garbage swells in East Delhi

18 Oct 2017 | 1:11 AM

NEW DELHI:Scores of sanitation workers of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), who are demanding payment of their salaries, clearance of arrears and medical cashless card, protested outside the office of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia as their strike entered its seventh day today.

Delhi has some of the most efficient bureaucrats: Dikshit

18 Oct 2017 | 1:11 AM

NEW DELHI:A day after Arvind Kejriwal claimed that 90 per cent of the IAS officers do not work, former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a tweet message said Delhi has "some of the most efficient" bureaucrats.

Dengue snuffs out two more lives

Dengue snuffs out two more lives

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

NEW DELHI:Two more persons, including a 26 -year-old Manipuri woman, have succumbed to dengue in the city even as the number of people affected by the vector-borne disease this season has reached 5,220, according to a municipal report released today.

Puri reviews civic development work with LG

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

NEW DELHI:Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today reviewed the Delhi development issues at a high-level meeting attended by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Lok Sabha members from Delhi and mayors of the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi.

Cong protests against delay in Gujarat elections

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

NEW DELHI:A large number of Congress workers, under the leadership of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken, today staged a demonstration outside the office of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to protest against the delay in the declaration of dates for the Gujarat Assembly elections.

90% of IAS officers do not work, hold up files: Kejriwal

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

NEW DELHI:Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today alleged that ninety per cent of the IAS officers "do not work" and said at times he feels development was "stuck up at the Secretariat".

Najeeb’s mother detained during protest outside HC

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

NEW DELHI:The police detained mother of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed and over 30 others, mostly students, while they were protesting outside the Delhi High Court, as the CBI faced flak from the judges inside for "complete lack of interest" in tracing him.

Works of masters on show at Rabindra Bhavan

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

NEW DELHI:All great art starts from a simple drawing.

Fire leads to collapse of building

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

NEW DELHI:A major fire broke out at a four-storey building in Mansarovar Garden, West Delhi, leading to the collapse of the whole complex today.

Hand over govt to Cong, Maken tells CM‘Stop politics, save metro’ campaign

Hand over govt to Cong, Maken tells CM

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

NEW DELHI: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken said, “If Kejriwal cannot run the Delhi Government well, he should hand it over to us and we will show how to administer the Government in an efficient manner.”

Bring realty under GST, Sisodia urges Jaitley

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

NEW DELHI: The Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia today wrote a letter to the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, demanding that the real estate sector be brought under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

A year after Najeeb went missing, CBI still clueless

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

NEW DELHI: The prime investigating agency, CBI, failed to trace out the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing exactly a year ago from the campus following a scuffle with some students.

EDMC planning waste-to-energy plant at Ghazipur

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

NEW DELHI: The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) today said it has set the ball rolling for setting up a waste-to-energy plant of 2,000-MT capacity at Ghazipur landfill site.

SAD urges Sikhs to boycott RSS sammelan

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

NEW DELHI: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president and former DSGMC president, Paramjit Singh Sarna urged the Sikh community not to attend the Sikh “Sammelan” to be organised by the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) in the city.

Guru Harkrishan Public School to celebrate Green Diwali

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

NEW DELHI: The students of Guru Harkrishan Public School will celebrate Green Diwali instead bursting of crackers. Students yesterday reached Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) office with plants at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.

Man held with live bullet at Metro station

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

NEW DELHI: A 24-year-old man has been apprehended for allegedly carrying a live bullet in his bag while entering Lal Quila Metro Station.

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