The environment department of the Delhi government on Tuesday extended the closure directive of the Badarpur power plant, which means it won’t reopen till further orders. Officials said this was the first step being taken in compliance with the graded response plan to tackle air pollution. The department issued this order after the SC-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) directed it to keep the plant shut for the time being.
Delhi’s air quality was “very poor” on Tuesday, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Officials said that the graded response plan required the Badarpur plant to be shut down when air quality becomes “severe”. “But it was suggested by EPCA that we close it. This was also discussed in a Jan 20 meeting called by EPCA,” said an official from the environment department. Read More…
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