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Resident welfare associations, especially of high-rise societies, are upset with the ban on diesel generator sets. They said that the ban would impact their emergency backup system for lifts and also questioned how the government would check for violators.
Delhi has enforced the Graded Response Action Plan to control air pollution this season. Parking fee may be increased by four times and polluting industries can be shut down if Delhi’s air quality degrades from ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ in coming days
In a move that will impact marketplaces, housing societies and the upcoming wedding season, diesel generator sets were banned in the capital from Tuesday as the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to improve Delhi's air quality during the high-pollution winter months kicked in.
The ban was among a slew of measures enforced from Tuesday, when Delhi's air quality index fell to the "very poor" category , and will remain in place till March 15, 2018.
Announcing the measures, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) clarified that the ban on diesel gensets was being implemented only in Delhi, as the rest of the NCR was yet to find suitable alternatives. The ban won't apply to "essential services" such as hospitals, mobile towers and Metro. However, generators can't be used at weddings, housing societies and malls. "We already have a list of places which have applied for exemptions," said Sunita Narain, member EPCA. The full list of exemptions will be released on Wednesday by DPCC. Other anti-pollution measures in force from Tuesday include closure of brick kilns not using zig-zag technology (that reduces pollution by 80%), mechanised sweeping of roads, closure of the Badarpur thermal power plant and monitoring of trucks entering Delhi.
EPCA said all measures mentioned in the GRAP for pollution levels up to `severe' were being implemented in one go for the entire season. However, steps such as increasing parking fees three-four times and increasing public transport will take time to implement, it said.
EPCA said it was working on these measures and added that action will be taken based on the reports released each day by the task force. Other long-term measures include providing electric heaters to society guards in order to prevent burning of firewood and closure of hot mix as well as stone crushers.
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News Source: Hindustan Times