NEW DELHI: Authorities on Tuesday hiked vehicle parking fees by four times in Delhi in a bid to curb worsening air quality in the capital as the high-pollution winter months kicked in.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) here to discourage people from using private vehicles as air pollution worsened further and touched more alarming proportions on Tuesday.
The National Capital Region saw its worst air quality and smog situation of the year -- which was even worse than a day after Diwali, as a yellow blanket of smog hung heavily in the sky.
The pollution level rose to dangerous levels, with 18 out of 21 active pollution monitoring stations recording "severe" air quality.
Primary Schools to remain shut
Primary schools would be closed in Delhi on 8 November in view of the deteriorating quality of air in the city, the government today said, asserting that the administration was ready to take a slew of measures to tackle the problem.
It may reintroduce its odd-even scheme to regulate vehicular movement, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
Under the formula, odd and even numbered vehicles ply on alternate days.
(with inputs from PTI)