Delhi’s Air Quality Enters Red Zone: Diesel Generators Banned, Parking Fee May be Hiked
New Delhi, October 17: As Delhi’s air quality entered the red zone, diesel generators in the capital were banned on Tuesday just two days before Diwali. The government also ordered the closure of Badarpur thermal power plant. Environment Pollution Prevention and Control (EPCA) chairman Bhure Lal and member Sunita Narain announced the decision following a review meeting.
The air quality may also result in an increase in the parking fee for vehicles by up to four times in the next few days, news agency PTI reported.
Sunita Narain further said that if parking fee may have to be hiked in Delhi, despite the fact that a parking policy is still being worked out, if air pollution aggravates further and in case it touches alarming proportions “cars will have to be off the roads”.
The government is also planning for Graded Response Action Plan, under which a series of measures will be taken based on the severity of air pollution during the winter months.
Earlier this month the Supreme Court took an effort to check the alarming pollution level and slapped a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region during Diwali this year, dealing a blow to the traders and businessmen involved in the business.
The apex court which gave the order maintained that its last month’s order, which lifted the stay and permitted the sale of firecrackers, would come into effect only from November 1, 12 days after the ‘festival of lights’.