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No gen sets, bulbs in social functions

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 10, 2012
First Published: 01:19 IST(10/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(10/11/2012)

In a bid to curb air pollution, the Delhi government has decided to ban generator sets in marriage processions and other social functions. People holding these events will have to get temporary connections from discoms.

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“We have taken several other decisions as part of our immediate measures to curb pollution. We will ask banquet halls not to use generator sets. Those using regular bulbs for processions, will be told to switch to LED lights” a senior government official told Hindustan Times.

Officials of various departments — environment, police, traffic and transport, besides experts from the Centre for Science and Environment — held a meeting on Friday and discussed ways of to implement Delhi’s proposed five-year action plan to fight pollution.

“The decision will be finalised next week for immediate execution,” the official said.

Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director in-charge of the air pollution and transportation programme at the CSE, said, “While the bigger plan will take time to implement, immediate measures are needed to fight the rising pollution concern in Delhi.”

The government has decided to ensure a ban on burning of leaves and garbage, diversion of non-destined trucks and ban smoke-billowing vehicles, besides limiting pollution during Diwali.

The Delhi government has written to the National Capital Region Planning Board and the Central Pollution Control Board for cooperation from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for the effective implementation of Delhi’s plan to combat pollution.

“Pollution is generated not only in Delhi. Farm fires in Punjab cause substantial damage to our environment. Besides, no action plan for Delhi can be effectively executed without help from the NCR towns,” he said.

Bhure Lal, chairman of Supreme Court’s environmental pollution (prevention & control) authority, will on Saturday hold a meeting with the officials of Delhi and chief secretaries of states with jurisdiction in the NCR to discuss pollution matters.


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