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Badarpur plant to be shut till Jan 31; ban on generators to continue

Delhi Pollution Control Committee has issued the orders to extend the ban on generators and to continue the closure of all units of the Badarpur Thermal Power Plant till January 31.

Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Thursday reviewed the progress of implementation of steps to control air pollution in Delhi, which were announced by the Cabinet earlier this month.

The meeting was attended among others by the Secretary (Environment)/Chairman DPCC and Special Secretary (Environment)/Member Secretary DPCC.

The Minister reviewed the implementation status of issues including ban on firecrackers, particularly during the marriage season, ban on diesel generator sets, operation of Badarpur Thermal Power Station, burning of dry leaves/ garbage / plastic etc., dust control measures at construction sites and closure of polluting industries.

The DPCC said directions have been issued under section 31(A) of Air Pollution (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981, for banning of all fire crackers/fireworks (except on religious occasions).

The DPCC said directions have also been issued under section 31 (A) of Air (Pollution and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 read with Rule 20A (6) for the Air (Pollution and Control for Pollution) (Union Territories) Rules, Act 1983 to stop operation of electricity generator sets run on diesel / petrol / kerosene in Delhi till January 31, 2017.

The Minister was also informed that directions have been issued under section 31 A of Air Pollution (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981, for closure of all the units of Badarpur Thermal Power Station till January 31, 2017 and for not lifting the flyash for any purpose alongwith ensuring the regular sprinkling of water in the flyash storage area.

In the meeting, Hussain enquired about the status of prohibition of burning of dry leaves/garbage/plastic waste etc. Officers of the DPCC apprised the Minister that SDMs, Municipal Corporations and other land owning agencies are conducting regular inspections in the field to check such activities. Further, it was informed that advertisement for public awareness containing information regarding DPCC WhatsApp, helpline number 9717593574 and 9717593501 has been issued.

On the WhatsApp numbers,196 complaints have so far been received and forwarded by DPCC to the land owning agencies and SDMs. However, only three Action Taken Reports have so far been received from Municipal Corporations.

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