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Supreme Court puts a ban on the sale of crackers in Delhi NCR till November 1!
If you were given a choice, would you celebrate a cracker-less Diwali or would you rather chose to harm the environment and contribute towards the deteriorating quality of the air that we breathe by continuing the use of crackers on the festival?
Whatever your answer is, if you live in Delhi or nearby areas, you surely don’t get to choose from the above, because the Supreme Court has already made the decision for you and has completely banned the selling of crackers till November 1.
Each year, the level of air pollution keeps increasing due to various reasons, crackers being one of them. Last Diwali, the pollution level in Delhi was said to be the worst in 10 years. It was after the festival that the Supreme Court, responding to a 2015 petition by three children aged between six years and 14 months, banned the sale of crackers.
Following a petition filed last year, which flagged the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali, the court had put a stop on the sale of fireworks in November last year, within the Nation Capital Region.
While the ban will help protect the environment from pollution, it will also take away the livelihood of many, and due to this the court had only temporarily suspended the ban, last month. The court stated that a complete ban would be an extreme step.
However, the Supreme Court’s decision that was supposed to be given today is against the livelihood and supports the environment. The court today said it wants to test the effect of banning firecrackers on air quality after Diwali, the festival of lights which is celebrated by millions across India by bursting crackers and lighting lamps.
Have you ever been running late to the airport because of the sheer number of bags you have? If your answer is yes, then IGI airport has got you covered. Now, in a new initiative by the DIAL (Delhi International Airport Ltd) you can have your stuff transported to the IGI airport directly from your place of stay.
Delhi International Airport Ltd., the operators of IGI airport have partnered up with a Bengaluru based company called CarterX. In fact, this facility is not limited to be availed by only those taking off from Delhi, it can also be used to get your luggage delivered to your residence when you touchdown at IGI.
What's the update?
In a bid to make travelling to and from IGI airport easier for passengers, DIAL has undertaken a partnership with CarterX to start a service where a commuter's luggage can be transported to and from the IGI airport directly from their place of residence. This, essentially, is a step towards making checking in to the airport a breeze.
Additionally, if you're short on time and are planning to take the direct metro link to the airport, this is a great way to ensure that you don't have to lug your stuff around.
To avail the service, you will have to pay a fee based on the number, weight and size of the bags. The fee will also take into account distance to and from the airport, meaning the prices are going to be dynamically triggered. At any rate, the base fare is ₹299, which goes up depending on the aforementioned factors. For every 5 kilograms over 20kgs, an additional ₹100 will be charged.
This is certainly one of the most passenger forward moves we have seen DIAL take. The IGI airport is at par with the best airports in the world and this is something that should take its rating all the way up. DIAL and CarterX have both stated that with this service, they aim to cover the entirety of Delhi, including neighbouring states- Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
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