Odd-even may be back on Delhi roads and a host of other emergency measures will kick in if pollution levels touch emergency proportions with the Centre entrusting the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA to enforce the graded response plan.
Terming air pollution in Delhi and NCR as a “matter of serious concern”, which requires “urgent action”, the Environment Ministry in its notification assigned the task to implement the plan to Environment Pollution Control and Prevention Authority (EPCA) under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
Some of the guidelines which EPCA regulated regarding this issue are:
- Decision on shutting Delhi Schools in view of severe pollution by this evening: Deputy Chief Minister @msisodia. #smog
- Delhi-NCR govts should start preparing for measures like Odd-Even & ban on construction if pollution aggravates, says #EPCA. #smog
- Fine of Rs 50,000 to be imposed on road construction agencies violating dust pollution norms in Delhi-NCR: #EPCA. #smog
- #EPCA instructs #DelhiMetro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches. #smog
“High level of air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region of Delhi has been a matter of serious concern and requires urgent measures to address the issue, particularly with reference to episodic rises in pollution levels.”