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AAP failing to deliver on its promises with the recent surge in water tariff

Delhi Jal Board (DJB) hiked the water tariff and sewer usage by 20 per cent for consumers exceeding their monthly quota of 20,000 litres.

The surge of 20 per cent price in water tariff will ,levied after the free quota of 20,000 litres
The surge of 20 per cent price in water tariff will ,levied after the free quota of 20,000 litres

NEW DELHI: Once again, the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government has faltered on its promises which were made during their election campaign. Initially, the government set a cap of 20,000 litres per month usage for every household and beyond which the extra usage was made chargeable, according to their consumption.

And now in yet another move, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) hiked the water tariff and sewer usage by 20 per cent for consumers exceeding their monthly quota of 20,000 litres. This hike is supposed to replace the existing tariffs of 10 per cent, which was set in 2015 by the AAP government. The hike of 10 per cent was a part of 10% rate hike mechanism been exercised by the Sheila Dikshit government. Though, Delhi government discontinued the auto hike mechanism last year only.

The hike in water tariff has come only after the Chief Minister took over the department of water three months back. Before him, Kapil Sharma was looking after it. DJB defended its move by saying that the change in tariff will take up some financial burden from the water body. According to media sources, the new increased tariff will be followed by February 2018.

Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma also tweeted the change in the water tariff.

Interestingly, the increase of water tariff has come days after AAP was exposed of its Free Surgery Scheme when some doctors of reputed hospitals were caught demanding money during the sting operation conducted by Dainik Bhaskar.

So, all these incidents call for self-retrospection of party agenda that were being boasted during election campaigns by the party head, Arvind Kejriwal.

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Air Pollutants Can Be Stopped If They Are Frozen : Scientists

The air-quality across the NCR was very poor

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India's Rashtrapati Bhawan, or the Presidential Palace is partly visible due to smog as traffic plies on Rajapth, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. VOA

Freezing pollutants can prevent deadly outdoor air pollution — thought to cause more than three million premature deaths worldwide every year — from seeping indoors by 99 per cent, scientists have discovered.

The research, by a team of scientists from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, involved studying the effectiveness of cryogenics for indoor air purification, by removing the gaseous pollutants and tiny particulates caused by haze.

The team found that as they circulated haze-polluted air through a cryogenic condenser, the finer particles stuck together in the condenser tube before dropping out by gravity, and emerging as clean air.

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A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing’s central business district, China. VOA

Their method was able to remove 99 per cent of particulates and 98 per cent of nitrogen oxide pollutants.

“Hazardous outdoor air pollution has severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham.

“Outdoor air pollution in cities is a global problem. While there are some existing technologies to purify indoor air, they can be inefficient, expensive or produce harmful by-products.

“When outdoor air quality is poor, people tend to spend even more time indoors – but outdoor pollution also leads to indoor pollution and people are still impacted.”

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In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo steam and cooling towers of a lignite power plant are reflected in a pond in Peitz, eastern Germany. VOA

The experiments, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, showed that by simply circulating polluted air through a small freezing chamber we can remove most of the fine particles and gas pollutants.

“Our study makes it possible to add an ‘air cleaner’ option to household appliances in areas which might experience extremely poor air conditions. By controlling indoor air pollution and improving air quality in this way, this work could be greatly beneficial for public health,” added Gang Pan, Professor at the varsity.

It is hoped that the work could pave the way for simple modification of air conditioning and humidifier units so that they can also clean polluted indoor air, the team said.

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Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed “very poor” air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

Also Read: Delhi’s Air Quality Leads to Ban On Truck And Construction

The air-quality across the NCR was very poor, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 87 per cent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. (IANS)