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EPCA extends ban on construction and truck entry in Delhi till Nov 12

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

[India], Nov 10 (ANI): With the level and air quality in getting worse by the day, the (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) for the Capital, has extended the ban on industries using coal and biomass including brick kilns, entry of truck traffic to and construction activities till November 12. However, the ban does not include power plants.

In a letter to the Anshu Prakash, of the (EPCA, Bhure Lal on Saturday also asked the to extend the ban in the Mundka Industrial Area and in the operations in the plastic factory complex till November 12.

It was also agreed that during this period Municipal Council (NDMC) will ensure that wastes are being physically removed and taken to a disposable site so that it can be incinerated properly.

It has been found out that the 12000 tons of industrial and plastic waste have been removed till November 5 since EPCA directed NDMC to remove the waste lying on roadside on October 27. However remaining industrial wastage also needs to be removed.

EPCA has also asked to file a compliance report at the earliest on steps taken to ensure that there is systematic collection and of waste material on regular basis.

On November 9, Central Control Board (CPCB) has informed EPCA that given the prevailing adverse condition in Capital Region (NCR) where the air quality fluctuates between 'poor' and 'very poor' the ban shall stay on till further review of the situation. Earlier, the ban was imposed till November 10.

The air quality on Saturday evening at 5 pm was in "severe category" (PM2.5: 250 - 300 or PM10: 430 - 500) . The PM 2.5 on Saturday evening was 259 while PM10 was 414. During this level, the action plan includes closing down of brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers. It also includes shutting down of and maximizing generation of power from existing based plants to reduce operation of coal based power plants in the The action plans also calls to intensify and introduce differential rates to encourage off -besides increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of road and sprinkling of water on roads and identify road stretches with high dust generation.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 18:50 IST