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Centre reconstitutes EPCA, the authority tasked with tackling environment pollution in NCR

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has reconstituted the Supreme Court-empowered (Prevention and Control) Authority or the EPCA, which is tasked with taking various measures to tackle air in the National Capital Region.

The tenure of the last EPCA expired on October 3.

"...the hereby re-constitutes the (Prevention and Control) Authority," an order issued by the Ministry on October 3 said.

said that while reconstituting the EPCA, it tried to broad-base the organisation and therefore brought in more members.

Former continues to be the chairman, while the for Science and Environment (CSE) DG is

The other members of the 20-member re-constituted authority include Ajay Mathur, who is the of The (TERI), Arunabha Ghosh, the of the for Energy Environment and Water, Navroz K. Dubash, the Senior Fellow for the

Others include Vishnu Mathur, Director General, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers; Arvind Kumar, former of surgery, AIIMS, in and presently Centre for Chest Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital; Krishna Dhawan, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Foundation, among others.

The Centre had removed a JNU professor, accused of sexual harassment, from the EPCA back in July. The Environment Ministry, in an order issued on July 4, announced the removal of Atul Kumar Johri, a at the at (JNU). Johri was arrested in March for allegedly sexually harassing several women students.

Sources in said they had reports that many of the members were not attending the meetings of the panel regularly.

The EPCA was constituted with the objective of protecting and improving the quality of the environment and preventing and controlling the environmental pollution in the National Capital Region. The EPCA is also mandated to enforce (GRAP) in the city as per the pollution levels.

In November, the EPCA had enforced several measures, including closure of the Badarpur thermal power plant, ban on brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers, and construction activities.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 18:20 IST