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Thick smog in Delhi the day after Diwali 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

SC to smog tower to AAP-Centre data slugfest – Delhi’s air pollution is a no-brainer

Govt proposals to reduce air pollution, such as Graded Action Plan or lockdown, come either just before the smog season or when cities are already choking.
A file photo of pollution clouding Delhi's air | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

CNG vehicles, expressways, green cess — what EPCA leaves behind for new pollution control body

Ordinance issued Wednesday disbands Supreme Court-appointed EPCA that was set up in 1998 and in its time, enforced several key measures to tackle the air pollution challenge.
1966 New York City smog | Photo: Wikipedia

India needs a Clean Air Act and an autonomous new body to enforce it

India needs an equivalent of the powerful Environment Protection Agency in the United States.
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Why judiciary steps in to solve India’s air pollution crisis every time & why it’s not enough

Approach taken by India’s courts & tribunals should be questioned, but it is also necessary to acknowledge that courts act in response to state failures.
Vehicles ply amid an atmosphere shrouded in smog in New Delhi | PTI

EPCA declares health emergency in Delhi-NCR as air pollution gets worse

The EPCA, a Supreme Court-appointed pollution control body, banned construction activity in the NCR region till 5 November.
Commuters drive through heavy smog at Rajpath

Industrial, construction activity banned in Delhi’s pollution hotspots for 2 days

Delhi is facing its highest pollution levels since Diwali, with air quality remaining in the 'severe' category for the third consecutive day on Monday.

SC panel wants non-CNG vehicles banned on Delhi’s smog days: Practical or knee-jerk idea?

The environment pollution prevention and control authority (EPCA) appointed by the Supreme Court has suggested a ban on all non-CNG vehicles on Delhi roads on days with high air pollution owing to the increased smog post-Diwali. ThePrint asks- SC panel wants non-CNG vehicles banned on Delhi’s smog days: Practical or knee-jerk idea? Wonder if SC panel did the math before suggesting laughable ban on non-CNG vehicles Devalina Kohli Member, SaveDelhiSOS and MyRightToBreathe In its supreme wisdom, the SC-appointed panel of the EPCA has suggested that all non- CNG vehicles be banned on bad air days in Delhi. If there ever was a stupid knee-jerk reaction to the issue of Delhi’s air pollution, this is up there on the list. Why? Let’s look at some figures (from the Delhi Transport site). In May 2018, Delhi had a total of 1,05,67,712 vehicles. A few thousand must’ve been added to it by now. Of these, we have, say, 51,000 cars...
NTPC coal based thermal power plant in badarpur, Delhi

Badarpur power plant has no plans to shut down despite order from court-appointed body

The Badarpur plant has been identified as India’s most polluting power plant.
NTPC Badarpur power plant

This village ‘lives with cancer, TB & death’ just so Delhi can have a fraction of its power

Molarband residents blame Badarpur power plant for dozens of cancer & TB cases. NTPC rejects the complaints, says emission levels are within safe limits.

Twitter has an India-born CEO Parag Agrawal. In Pakistan, it has caused a burn

We look forward to overseas Pakistanis cooking on wood, explaining gas shortage in Pakistan. These are inflation CEOs. Unmatchable against Google, Twitter CEOs.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.