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Govt ready to fight air pollution ahead of Games

The Delhi government is planning to go all out against air pollution during the Commonwealth Games.

delhi Updated: May 15, 2010 23:57 IST
HT Correspondent

The Delhi government is planning to go all out against air pollution during the Commonwealth Games.

In a high level meeting of top officials chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, many suggestions were discussed to contain pollution level during the 12-day event in October this year.

It was decided that polluting vehicles from neighbouring states will not be allowed to enter Delhi during the Games.

The Chief Ministers of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will be contacted so that pollution check of vehicles coming to Delhi is carried out inside their respective territories.

The timings of plying trucks in the Capital will be strictly enforced and restriction on light vehicles carrying goods during daytime might also be considered. Extensive pollution check drives will also be carried out in Delhi during September and October.

Parking charges might also be hiked during Games to discourage use of private vehicles.

Parking at unauthorised places will invite a heftier charge but that can happen only after an amendment in Motor Vehicles Act.

To overcome problem of parking mafia, the government is planning to deploy ex-servicemen to counter the menace.

The government is also planning to expedite work on the Western Peripheral Expressway to ensure its completion before October, 2010.

The expressway will take the load of non-destined vehicles that enter Delhi. Around one million vehicles enter the Capital every day.

In the meeting, a suggestion was also presented to shut down coal-based power stations during the Games. The government may consider this in case of Rajghat Power Station which is generating 135 MW power. During the Games schools and colleges will remain closed and this will mean that 1,200 school buses and 2,500 maxi cabs will remain off the roads.