Delhi breathes little relief, as hike in parking fee withdrawn

The hiked parking fees in areas falling under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation will now be restored to the previous rates from Thursday.

 

The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) lifted the ban on entry of trucks and construction works in Delhi after the air quality in Delhi-NCR dropped from ‘very poor’ to ‘poor’. The four-time hike in parking fees was also lifted.

The measures, part of the Graded Response Action Plan, were enforced on November 8 after pollution levels had spiked, hitting the emergency category, accompanied by thick smog. EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal wrote to the chief secretaries of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana this morning, directing them that the measures be lifted with “immediate effect” as the prevailing air quality does not warrant such tough action

National Oceanic and atmospheric Administration(NOAA) says cities in north India will continue to experience dangerous level of smog-filled pollution over the next several months and the region is just entering its smog season, PTI reported. Referring to satellite images, NOAA , the scientific American Agency said the widespread burning of crop fields contributed to dangerous levels of air pollution in cities across northern India. Inspite of a dip in pollutants, train services still remain hampered.


Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath issued a string of orders to tackle air pollution in the state.The orders include a ban on  garbage burning in urban areas and direction to municipal corporations across the state to implement it effectively. He also asked them to sprinkle water on roads and implement a ban on crop burning, while educating people in rural areas of its vices.

 

Indian cricket captain sends a message to the Dellhiites to do their efforts in curbing pollution.

 

Athulya Nambiar