Badarpur Power Plant to be shut down to curb pollution

By: | Published: December 5, 2015 12:09 PM

The Delhi Government on Friday announced a series of measures to curb the alarming rise in pollution in the national capital, including a proposal to close down the Badarpur Power plant which runs on coal.

The Delhi Government on Friday announced a series of measures to curb the alarming rise in pollution in the national capital, including a proposal to close down the Badarpur Power plant which runs on coal.

Delhi Chief Secretary K.K. Sharma said the decision to address the deteriorating air quality in the national capital was taken at the meeting presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with officials from the Public Works Department (PWD), Transport Department and Environment Department.

“Environment Department and the DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) will take action to close the Badarpur Power Plant under the law since air pollution is coming from this place,” he told the media here.

Sharma said that dust is a major contributor to worsening air quality in the city, adding that the PWD would soon start clean city’s air by vacuum cleaning dust.

“For that they need to procure mechanical equipment. The Chief Minister of Delhi has given instructions, the PWD Department will start vacuum cleaning of roads in Delhi from 1st of April next year,” he added.

Sharma said that uncovered ground besides roads add to dust in Delhi’s air, adding that PWD will increase green cover of the city to arrest it.

“PWD will start a massive plan of horticulture and urban forestry to increase green cover of the city. Massive greening plan of the city will be undertaken by the PWD. The PWD will start covering roadsides which contribute to dust,” he said.

He said that the Delhi Government would also move a petition in National Green Tribunal (NGT) to close down the Dadri Power Plant, which is believed to contribute to Delhi’s air pollution.

The Chief Secretary said the time to allow movement of trucks in the city will also be shifted from 9 pm to 11 pm.

He said that the government would ask Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Delhi Metro to increase the frequency of their services to address the inconvenience caused by their decision to allow odd and even number vehicles on alternate days.

Earlier, the Delhi Government had decided that odd and even number vehicles will ply on alternate days in the capital from January 1, 2016.

The decision, taken at a meeting presided over by Kejriwal, will not apply to CNG-driven buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws but will cover vehicles entering Delhi from other states too.

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