The Supreme Court today asked the Environment Pollution Control Authority to examine the Delhi government’s proposal for using part of the Rs 999.25 crore collected from environment compensation charge (ECC) to buy semi-low floor fully electric buses to tackle pollution and improve public transport.
The Supreme Court-appointed environment panel has directed oil companies to hand over a list of all their dealers to ensure that high-polluting petcoke and furnance oil is not rolled out in the market across Delhi and neighbouring states.
The EPCA has suggested that plying of diesel vehicles be banned and thermal power plants be shut when pollution breaches ’emergency’ levels in Delhi- NCR, as part of a fresh set of recommendations to strengthen the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
The Union food processing industries ministry has been allowed to use diesel generators to power an international event, though such machines are banned in the Capital as part of a graded response action plan against air pollution.
The reopening of Badarpur thermal power plant, scheduled for tomorrow, will be a “setback” to the efforts in reducing public health crisis associated with air pollution, Greenpeace India said today.
The Environment Pollution Control Authority(EPCA) has allowed the Badarpur power plant to reopen from March 15 until next winter, but with certain conditions.
While the Delhi government’s environment department on Friday extended the closure of Badarpur power plant till further orders
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.
The SC-mandated EPCA on Friday enforced pollution control measures in the capital for the “very poor” and “moderate to poor” categories under the Centre’s graded response action plan.