The Environment Pollution - Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) has recommended a series of measures including slashing of Metro fares during off-peak hours and quadrupling of parking fees temporarily to tackle the severe pollution crisis in Delhi, the capital city of India.
The committee was formed amid increased concern over safety of students after the alleged rape of a five-year-old girl at her school in Shahdara and the killing of a seven-year old boy in Gurugrams Ryan International. The committee will look into all safety aspects be it in transport or the conduct of the non-teaching staff.
The proposal for the formation of the authority had been pending in the Lieutenant Governor's office for a long time. The authority has been reconstituted for the first time in the AAP government regime.
The order was issued by the NGT bench, which was conducting a hearing in the petition filed by Vardhaman Kaushik over toxic air of the National Capital. The bench included judicial members, justices UD Salvi and Raghuvendra S Rathore, and expert members Bikram Singh Sajwan and Ajay A Deshpande.
The transport department has deregistered around 2 lakh heavy diesel vehicles in Delhi. The vehicles will be impounded by the traffic police effective immediately. Those found violating the rule will be issued challans.
In view of the deliberate and persistent acts of illegality, violation of rules, allegations of corruption, possibility of malafide, etc., the entire matter related to the Delhi Waqf Board is referred to the CBI for investigation.