The DPCC said the fines were levied on the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) which had also ordered that remaining 75 percent of the amounts collected be spent on mitigating air pollution in the city
This move like many others seems to be a knee-jerk reaction with little thought on actually addressing the problem of pollution in the long-term. Effects from a lower quantity of sulphur might be measurable but mainly on superficial levels.
Also to minimise dust during the advent of winters, the NHAI is mulling to remove dust from roads through vacuum cleaners, he said besides stressing the need to promote waterways.
The odd-even rule from 13th November – 17th November 2017 in the capital will be reviewed again on 13th November.
The AAP government has asked IGL to keep 1.5 lakh stickers ready for CNG-run vehicles which would also be given exemption from the odd-even scheme.
Manish Sisodia further said, “If we technically see, the situation is not severe as yet. If PM10 reaches 500 ug/m3, the situation is then called severe. We can say that the air pollution level is close to severe.”
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) here to discourage people from using private vehicles as air pollution worsened further and touched more alarming proportions on Tuesday.
Odd-Even rule can be implemented when air pollution levels are in the ’emergency’ category for 48 hours or more.
Delhi’s pollution troubles are “far from over”, a green body today said as its analysis showed that the number of vehicles entering the national capital from other states every day is close to the total number of vehicles that get registered in the city annually.
Cracking the whip on states, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed their chief secretaries to submit by Tuesday details of cities worst affected by air pollution, failing which bailable warrants may be issued against them.
The report of high pollution levels of Indian cities comes at a time when the government has set an ambitious plan to build 100 smart cities across the country.
Supreme Court ruled that diesel taxis with All India Tourist permit will be allowed to operate in Delhi/NCR till their permit expires.
“The BPO industry would be affected as diesel taxis had been used for pick and drop facilities of the employees.,” Solicitor General Ranjith Kumar said.
The second phase of the odd-even scheme, implemented to improve Delhi’s air quality, saw a “rise” of nearly 23 per cent in pollution levels compared to the first 15 days of April when the scheme was not in force, an IndiaSpend study has claimed.
The odd-even period has seen a marginal dip in the quantity of PM 1, the tiniest and the most harmful of all the respirable pollutants