New Delhi: The Supreme Court-mandated anti-pollution authority Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority or EPCA said that dirty fuel-based industries in Delhi and its suburbs will remain shut till November 14. The EPCA also extended a ban on hot-mix plants and stone-crushers in Delhi-NCR till the same time period.
In a letter to the chief secretaries of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan, EPCA chief Bhure Lal said that all coal and other fuel based industries, which have not shifted to natural gas or agroresidue, would remain shut till Thursday morning in Faridabad, Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Bhiwadi, Greater Noida, Sonepat and Panipat.
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Industries in Delhi which have not yet shifted to piped natural gas will not operate during the period.
The decision arrived on Monday at a meeting where the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)-led task force reviewed the weather conditions that are likely to prevail over the region. It also asssessed the air quality that is likely to decline in the next 48 hours.