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Yamuna River in New Delhi, India. (Pollution, environmental, Scavengers at work in the Yamuna at Qudesia Ghat, Boat, Garbage)

Yamuna River in New Delhi, India. (Pollution, environmental, Scavengers at work in the Yamuna at Qudesia Ghat, Boat, Garbage)

By NewsGram Staff Writer

The National Green Tribunal yesterday said that every Delhi resident is responsible for polluting the river Yamuna and therefore every household will have to pay a certain amount of money each month as environment compensation. This amount can either be added to the property tax or utility bills.

“The monthly compensation payable by all the households in Delhi would be directly proportional to the property tax or water bill, whichever is higher, payable by such households. Where the household or person is not paying water bills and property tax and are located in unauthorized colonies, in that event, such household shall pay the sum of Rs 100 or Rs 500 per month as the case may be. This amount would be determined by the authority concerned with reference to the construction, existing on the plot,” the NGT’s order stated.

“We direct DJB and all municipal corporations, Cantonment Board, electricity companies like BSES and all other civic authorities to take environmental compensation from every household, which is generating sewage in Delhi on the polluters pay principle. It will be irrespective of whether a household is sewered or not,” the order said.

This compensation will help the Delhi Jal board’s ambitious plan of establishing and repairing 15 sewage treatment plants (STPs).

The Delhi Jal Board has to also submit a complete action plan and time-frame for completion of the first phase of the project “Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna” Revitalisation Plan, 2017 within one week’s time. Work on the Najafgarh drain will be taken up in the first phase, the tribunal ordered.

Earlier, the  tribunal had ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone throwing material, including religious items, into Yamuna.

 

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India: BSES Launches First Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Delhi

BSES has entered into partnerships with several organisations to set up over 150 smart EV charging stations

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The first of these smart EV charging stations was inaugurated at the discom's grid sub-station at South Extension Part II by Delhi Power Minister. Pixabay

Delhi electricity distribution company BSES on Tuesday unveiled its first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station as part of its plan to set up over 150 EV charging stations across its licensed area in the capital.

BSES said in a statement that the first of these smart EV charging stations was inaugurated at the discom’s grid sub-station at South Extension Part II by Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain.

“BSES has entered into partnerships with several organisations to set up over 150 smart EV charging stations across its licensed area. Of this, around 50 smart EV charging stations will be set-up in financial year 2019-20,” it said.

“Located in the heart of the busy South Extension Part II market, the smart EV charging station – Blue Smart Charge – can charge two EVs simultaneously. This has been set up in partnership between BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL), Gensol Charge Pvt Ltd and Techperspect,” the statement said.

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Delhi electricity distribution company BSES on Tuesday unveiled its first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Pixabay

According to the discom, these smart charging stations being set up are equipped with an “analytic platform” which will help EV owners get a seamless online experience.

“Through the ElectreeFi Mobile App, an EV consumer can locate the nearest charging station, make advance online booking and even pay on-line through multiple options,” it said.

The tentative total cost of charging, including the cost of electricity (as per DERC tariff) and the overheads (parking charges, recovery of equipment cost etc) is expected to be Rs 160-200 for a full charge. This translates into a Rs 1.60 to Rs 1.80 cost per km, which is extremely competitive compared to petrol, diesel and even CNG vehicles,” it added.

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Commenting on the development, ABRPL Chief Executive Amal Sinha said in a statement: “Along with promoting renewable power in a big way, we are now gearing up to aggressively push the case of electric vehicles and their charging. For this, we are engaging with key stakeholders and domain experts Ato evolve strategies and framework to create an ecosystem for the promotion of e-mobility.” (IANS)