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Action plan formulated to reduce Delhi-NCR pollution: Prakash Javadekar

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A three month action plan has been formulated to curb rising air pollution levels in the national capital region, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

Interacting with the media after meeting the ministers and officials from Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, he said: “A three month action plan and another for one year have been formulated to tackle the four focus areas–agriculture, construction waste and demolition waste and vehicular pollution.”

“Air quality monitoring stations will be increased from present 19 spots to 30 spots covering every state,” he added.

About Delhi, Javadekar said that one lakh vehicles have been fined for polluting while a new pollution checking mechanism would be introduced in the city by the end of August.

“Under the new system of pollution checking, there is no scope of tampering with results. The new technology is being tested and will be introduced soon,” he said.

In addition, efforts were being made to stop overloaded vehicles from entering Delhi while the pace of constructing bypasses had also been increased.

As far as industrial pollution in neighbouring Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) is concerned, the minister said 57 industries have been kept under constant watch list and asked to improve their pollution situation.

In Rajasthan, 30 brick kilns have been shut down for polluting in excess while action has been initiated against 12 and show-cause notice have been issued to another nine units, he said.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Delhi Smog: Odd-Even Car Rule May Return; Consider Cloud Seeding to curb Pollution : HC

The court said that though stubble-burning was the "visible villain", authorities should address the "other elephants in the room" such as dust generated by road and construction activity as well as vehicular and industrial pollution.

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Issuing a slew of direction as immediate measures to control pollution in Delhi-NCR, the court banned felling of trees, ordered sprinkling of water on roads to control dust. Pixabay

New Delhi, November 9, 2017 : The Delhi High Court on Thursday said there was an “emergency situation” vis-a-vis pollution in Delhi-NCR region and asked the Delhi government to consider vehicular odd-even scheme and cloud seeding to induce artificial rain.

The court also asked the Centre to hold meetings with Delhi and National Capital Region authorities to bring in short-term measures to control pollution immediately and to submit a report to it on November 16, the next date of hearing.

Issuing a slew of direction as immediate measures to control pollution in Delhi-NCR, the court banned felling of trees, ordered sprinkling of water on roads to control dust and strict enforcement of construction code to ensure that the air was not polluted.

A Division Bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also directed the Chief Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Control to call an emergency meeting with his counterparts in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and pollution control agencies within three days to discuss ways to curb pollution.

The bench said the Chief Secretaries will also consider the feasibility of cloud seeding to bring down air pollution. This, the bench said, was not a very expensive process and Bengaluru had adopted it.

The court asked the Delhi government to consider bringing back the odd-even scheme — under which vehicles of odd and even registration numbers, with exceptions, ply on roads on designated days — to control traffic congestion and unclog the capital.

But the court questioned the government move to increase parking rates by four times.

“If somebody has to go to a hospital or buy important items, he ends up paying four times more for the parking,” the bench said.

The court said that though stubble-burning was the “visible villain”, authorities should address the “other elephants in the room” such as dust generated by road and construction activity as well as vehicular and industrial pollution.

“London has faced this kind of air pollution. They term it as pea soup fog, which is a killer fog. This is a deadly mixture of construction and vehicular dust and other factors,” the bench said.

The court also directed the Delhi government to conduct a survey of all hospitals in the national capital on availability of oxygen to deal with emergency situations with regard to vulnerability of children and senior citizens.

It told the Delhi government to strictly regulate the entry of trucks into the city.

The court was hearing a suo motu case it initiated in 2015 to control air pollution in the national capital. (IANS)

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No firecrackers for Delhi-NCR, says Supreme Court

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Supreme court ordered banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers. ians

New Delhi, Oct 9: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region.

A bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri, while restoring the order, said: “We should see at least in one Diwali the impact of a cracker-free festivity.”

However, the court said that the September 12, 2017 order lifting the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi NCR will be back into effect from November 1. (IANS)

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Innovation kit for out-of-box ideas catching up in schools

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New Delhi: If you feel that your fifth grader is brimming with creative ideas but you can’t find him or her a platform to make those happen, an innovation kit from BiBox may help.

The kit helps your kids to build simple toys from robots to a working replica of Delhi Metro’s signalling system.

Brainchild of a Bangalore-based startup, BiBox (brain in a box) is a hardware kit which, according to its developers, can guide schoolchildren to not just create science and technology models but also help them in problem solving and logical thinking.

“With BiBox, the idea is to strengthen the cognitive abilities early in life. If you could structure the thinking process, our kids will be far ahead in terms of looking at problems with a practical approach, Madhusudan N, co-founder and director of the venture, said.

Launched three years back, nearly 10,000 schoolchildren in over 40 schools in Bangalore, Kerala and Delhi-NCR are now part of the so-called “Bibox Innovation Lab”.

In Delhi-NCR, the concept has been adopted at DLF Public School in Ghaziabad.

“Children in my school have responded well to BiBox and this hands-on learning experience has given their ideas a boost. This concept is affordable and has allowed kids to experience science as it happens,” Seema Jerath, principal, DLF Public School, said.

She, however, said that training of teachers was also required to change their mind-set towards science experiments.

The BiBox kit comes with a hardware board along with basic components like motors sensors and LEDs, among other things. It also enables external units to be attached to it, allowing the students to create machines.

Schoolchildren are using this technology to create model traffic lights, automatic locking doors, smart room lights, water throwing alarm, drip irrigation system, asthma detector, vibratory blind stick, interactive robotic arm for lifting things, controllable boats, smart cars and more.

A Bisoft app for use on tablet or computer to create the project logic can be downloaded from Google store. The app has a simple drag and drop interface.

The company says its kit is a service model and an yearly fee is charged from each child. It sends its trained staff to take classes in schools.

 

(IANS)