[Urbanstudy] Urbanstudygroup Digest, Vol 146, Issue 12

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>   1. Why you aren't ready for pollution season in Delhi    this
>      winter? (Vinay Baindur)
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> From: Vinay Baindur <yanivbin at gmail.com>
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> Subject: [Urbanstudy] Why you aren't ready for pollution season in
>    Delhi    this winter?
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>   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/why-you-arent-ready-for-pollution-season/articleshow/60184264.cms
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> Why you aren't ready for pollution seasonTNN | Aug 23, 2017, 06:34 AM IST
> [image: While graded response plan has improved air quality slightly,
> long-term measures still not in place.]While graded response plan has
> improved air quality slightly, long-term measures still not in place.
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> NEW DELHI: Delhi's pollution season is round the corner, but is the
> government better prepared this time to keep smog episodes at bay? The city
> may be marginally better off now that the graded response action plan is in
> place, but that involves responding to pollution crises with emergency
> interventions. In reality, policies with long-term implications for the
> capital's air are unlikely to take off before winter.
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> The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority
> submitted a comprehensive action plan with short-, mediumand longterm
> action points to the court in April. It had drafted the plan in
> consultation with Central and Delhi governments and other NCR states, and
> the Supreme Court <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Supreme-Court> is
> likely to decide on the enforcement of the plan on Wednesday.
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> Delhi's pollution starts spiking from October, when Punjab and Haryana
> farmers burn paddy stubble. This is followed by the toxic pollution of
> Diwali <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Diwali> festivities. Most
> of the shortterm steps in the plan could have helped curb pollution spikes
> like these. Experts have been warning time and again that Delhi needs to
> drastically lower emissions during this time, but many sources remain
> unaddressed. It is a period when accumulated pollution fails to disperse
> due to falling temperature and reduced wind speed.
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> Another thing that might not happen is the augmentation of public
> transport. Delhi has only 5,608 buses on the road though in 1998 the
> Supreme Court had directed at least 10,000 buses by 2000.
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> In 2015, Delhi government promised to induct 10,000 buses, but till date
> only 2,000 have been approved for procurement but not tendered yet.
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> Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal recently held a review meeting of various
> agencies on implementing air pollution curbs. Wondering why these were not
> in place already, he directed road maintaining agencies to put up signs
> displaying the names of agencies and official responsible for the
> stretches, while instructing New Delhi Municipal Council to create a
> standard operating procedure for dust control at construction sites.
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> Among the government's major interventions discussed with EPCA
> <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/EPCA>, catching and penalising
> visibly polluting vehicles has not been planned yet and the zonal plans for
> a nonmotorised transport network to reduce dependence on polluting vehicles
> hasn't started. As for implementing street design guidelines for footpaths,
> PWD has only appointed a consultant and plans are being discussed. Some
> traffic interventions such as intelligent traffic systems for lane driving,
> electronic monitoring of traffic violations and early alarm system for
> commuters during traffic congestion has also not been implemented.
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> "Only emergency response cannot help sustain air quality gains, " pointed
> out Anumita Roy Chowdhury , head of Centre for Science's Clean Air
> Campaign. "Systemic and comprehensive action on all pollution sources are
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> DTC officials claimed that parking is an obstacle to acquiring more buses.
> "The existing parking space in depots, where both DTC and cluster scheme
> buses currently park, is already under strain, "a senior official said. "We
> are looking for land to create more depots. "
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> If we need pollution free environment public should cooperate with the
> government and devise the ways & means how to prevent
> pollution.Shankarnarayan Sarma
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> He added that plans are afoot to create multi-level parking at the existing
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> As for booking polluters, the municipal corporations claimed to be on the
> job. North Delhi Municipal Corporation officials said they had issued 1,194
> challans to construction sites found flouting dust pollution norms. SDMC
> has prosecuted 1,418 individuals, while EDMC has taken action against
> 2,303. The three civic bodies also said they have initiated the process to
> procure the vacuum machines. SDMC got six mechanical sweepers called Jatayu
> in July, besides five litter collection machines, one power sweeping
> machine, some suction machines and one mini jetting machine. The
> procurement has been delayed in other two corporations due to their
> financial crisis, officials said. One point on which experts were not sure
> was whether there was a full-proof way of checking whether waste burning
> and construction dust were being curbed.
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