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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.
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.
India needs an equivalent of the powerful Environment Protection Agency in the United States.
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.
The EPCA, a Supreme Court-appointed pollution control body, banned construction activity in the NCR region till 5 November.
Delhi is facing its highest pollution levels since Diwali, with air quality remaining in the 'severe' category for the third consecutive day on Monday.
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? https://youtu.be/Eb1RsUog_jk 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...
The Badarpur plant has been identified as India’s most polluting power plant.
Molarband residents blame Badarpur power plant for dozens of cancer & TB cases. NTPC rejects the complaints, says emission levels are within safe limits.