Summary

Less pollution in Delhi this Diwali but air quality still bad, way beyond safe limits

With the Supreme Court inposing a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital region, air in the city was cleaner this Diwali and the day after compared to 2016 although the level of major pollutants remained far above permissible limits, acording to data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

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Band Wagon Defect

The Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) levied an emergency plan after the particulate levels rose fourfold. The Supreme Court mandated authority banned all diesel generator sets ordered the shutdown of Badarpur Thermal Power Plant and also directed all brick kilns to shut down production across the capital. These measures will remain active till 15th March and are a part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) which focuses entirely on taking progressively tough action with the rise of pollution levels. The ban on diesel generators by the EPCA means that the authorities will have to regulate different places like malls, factories as well as housing societies which use diesel generators. The authority stated that it won’t hesitate to enforce a strict plan to check down on pollution levels in Delhi. As per the order by the body, around 16 organisations need to work in sync to check pollution. These include municipal corporations, police, traffic force, transportation departments, the Delhi Transport Corporation and Resident Welfare Association. The EPCA should maintain that the plan can be implemented well to ensure a good result.

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