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Delhi air quality enters red zone, parking fees may increase by four times

In case air pollution touches alarming proportions, 'cars will have to be off the roads'

Agencies  |  New Delhi 

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Delhi's air quality, which has already entered the red zone, may trigger an increase in parking fees by up to four times across the city in the next few days, officials said on Tuesday.

The measure, if required, will be enforced under the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority's (EPCA) Graded Response Action Plan, under which a series of measures will be taken based on the severity of during winter months.

Measures under the "very poor" and "severe" categories of the plan came into force on Tuesday, under which the Badarpur Thermal Power Station has been shut and diesel-run generators banned in Delhi, among other actions.

EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal and Member Sunita Narain announced the decision following a review meeting here.

"DG sets will be banned only in Delhi, conditional to air quality index reaching to very poor or severe," said Narain.

Narain said parking fees could be hiked in Delhi, despite the fact that a parking policy was still being worked out, if aggravated further. In case it touched alarming proportions, "cars will have to be off the roads", she added.

The environment body has also advised the residents of Delhi-NCR to use face masks whenever possible. It has also raised concerns over the existing landfill sites in the capital.

The efforts come in the wake of degrading air quality in the capital, which has now entered into the 'Red Zone'.

In a bid to keep a check on pollution, several measures have been passed in the recent past, the most recent being a ban on the sale of

The Supreme Court, on October 9, restored the ban on the sale of till November 1. While delivering its order, the top court said it wants to test the effect of the ban on air quality after

Prior to this, the government had issued prohibitory orders on stubble burning, as it had become a major concern for authorities, resulting in as well as the reduction in soil fertility.

Following the orders of the Green Tribunal (NGT), state governments and district administration tightened strictures against stubble burning, and booked charges against farmers, who are not following orders.

First Published: Wed, October 18 2017. 08:30 IST