New Delhi, Oct 17: The National Capital’s air quality,which has already entered the red zone, may trigger a hike in parking fees by up to four times across the city in the upcoming 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 number of measures will be taken based on the severity of air pollution during last 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 closed and diesel-run generators (digi sets) banned in Delhi, among other actions.
EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal and Member Sunita Narain announced the decision after 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 air pollution aggravated further. In case it touched alarming proportions, “cars will have to be off the roads”, she added.
The NGT has also advised the residents of Delhi-NCR to use face masks. It has also raised concerns over the existing landfill sites in Delhi.