New Delhi: The AAP government on Thursday allowed the setting up of microbreweries in the capital.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet here, Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia said.
Set up in pubs and hotels, microbreweries produce a small amount of fresh beer, which is served to customers. Until now, beer drinkers would go to neighboring Gurgaon in Haryana to have freshly brewed beer.
The AAP government has also set up a committee to junk outdated licences.
“A committee has been set up to review each and every license to do business. It will also see even if there are some important licences and the clause of their annual renewal can be removed,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
“”There is still a license raj and the Delhi government wants to end it. To do business, small and big traders have to get about 50 licences. And the process of getting these licenses is very difficult” he said.
“Even if somebody gets it, it has be renewed annual from various agencies ranging from police to Delhi government’s various departments. It’s a source of corruption, ” he added.
The committee, headed by principal secretary, finance, has to do its work by July 31.
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.
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.”
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.
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.