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    South Delhi civic body proposes to hike property tax by 2-5%

    Residential, commercial and non-residential plots (of up to 150 sqm) are currently divided into three categories in the city -- A-B; C-E' and F-H categories.
    NEW DELHI: Seeking to augment its revenue, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Tuesday proposed in its budget to increase property tax levied on residential and commercial properties, and reduce the number of rate slabs from three.

    Residential, commercial and non-residential plots (of up to 150 sqm) are currently divided into three categories in the city -- A-B; C-E' and F-H categories.

    "I propose that for the financial year 2022-23, the number of categories should be reduced from three to two – A-E and F-H in this category," said SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharati, while presenting revised budget estimates for 2021-22 and budget estimates for 2022-23 at the Civic Centre.

    The budget has proposed increase in property tax as follows: 14 per cent tax in for residential properties in A-E category and 12 per cent in F-H category. Presently 15 per cent tax is charged in A-B category, 11 per cent in C-E category and seven per cent in F-H category, a senior official said.

    Similar for commercial category, in A-D category it is proposed to be 15 per cent, and 12 per cent in E-H category; and for special category, it is 20 per cent, the official said.

    The current rates are 15 per cent tax in A-B category, 12 per cent in C-E category and ten per cent in F-H category, the official said. Bharati said that property tax rates in A through E slabs, have not been raised in the last 10 years.

    The commissioner also said that to mark the occasion of 75th year of India's Independence, 'Shaheedi Park' and Bollywood Park' are to be developed on the lines of the 'Bharat Darshan Park'.

    The budget comes ahead of civic polls due next year.

    Later, the commissioner also took questions from reporters.

    Asked if the proposal to increase property tax is not approved by the legislative wing of the corporation, how will it meet the revenue requirements, Bharati said, "We will then have to go for the PPP model".

    According to the budget, SDMC has been disposing of 51 lakh metric tonne legacy waste and is likely to dispose of 100 per cent legacy waste by December 2023.

    "Our Swachh rank will improve, once we do 100 per cent waste collection, segregation and processing," he told reporters.









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      SC re-imposes ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR

      A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant said: "In the meantime, as an interim measure and until further orders, we re-impose the ban on the construction activities in the NCR."
      • IANS
      • November 25, 2021, 08:59 IST
      NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of deteriorating air quality, the Supreme Court on Wednesday re-imposed an interim ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR, while telling the government that instead of waiting for air quality to deteriorate, it should "do advance planning, based on anticipated levels of air pollution in the foreseeable future".

      A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant said: "In the meantime, as an interim measure and until further orders, we re-impose the ban on the construction activities in the NCR."

      However, non-polluting activities relating to construction such as plumbing work, interior decoration, electrical work and carpentry are allowed to be continued, and the states shall use the funds which have been collected as labour cess for the welfare of construction workers to provide them subsistence for the period during which construction activities are prohibited and pay wages notified under the Minimum Wages Act for the respective categories of workers, it said.

      Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that a plan for graded response has been prepared in pursuance of which measures are identified to be taken progressively on the basis of worsening levels of ambient air pollution. The bench was informed that the graded response plan which has been formulated envisages that action is to be taken after a deterioration in the air quality is actually recorded.

      To this, the court, in its order, said: "In other words, action is proposed after air quality has deteriorated. We direct that instead of waiting for the air quality to deteriorate before initiating action under the graded response plan, necessary measures must be put into place in anticipation of a deterioration of air quality."

      It emphasised that it is necessary for the Commission (for Air Quality Management/CAQM) to engage expert agencies with domain knowledge in meteorological data and statistical modelling and it must conduct a scientific study of air quality based on available data of previous years bearing upon recorded levels of air pollution.

      "The study must factor in seasonal variations and other relevant parameters. Once a scientific model is available, which factors in wind velocity as well as natural and man-made phenomena, the graded response plan can be modulated to provide for measures being taken in advance, based on anticipated changes in air quality without waiting for the air quality to deteriorate," said the bench.

      It further added that steps can be planned at least a week in advance and even earlier, based on anticipated levels of air pollution in the foreseeable future.

      "The Commission shall carry out the above exercise within a month and report the steps taken for compliance with this direction," said the bench, scheduling the matter for further hearing on November 29.

      The top court order came on a plea by minor Aditya Dubey seeking direction to ban stubble burning, which chokes Delhi every year.













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        DDA to launch new housing scheme, offer nearly 15,000 flats

        The flats of different categories located at Dwarka, Narela, Rohini and Jasola, among other places will be offered under this scheme and are those which remained "unsold in previous housing schemes" of the urban body, the DDA said in a statement. Representative Image

        NEW DELHI: The DDA will offer nearly 15,000 flats in its new housing scheme, officials said on Wednesday.

        The flats of different categories located at Dwarka, Narela, Rohini and Jasola, among other places will be offered under this scheme and are those which remained "unsold in previous housing schemes" of the urban body, the DDA said in a statement.

        The decision was taken during an online meeting of the authority of the DDA, held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Lt Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, also the chairman of the DDA, officials said.

        The authority has approved launching of a special housing scheme for approximately 15,000 flats, they said.

        The DDA said it will soon share further details of the scheme on its website and in leading newspapers and on social media.

        Also, the flats are being offered at the old rates or cost in relaxation of the costing policy of DDA, which is updated every financial year based on the appreciation or depreciation of land cost or building, as the case may be, it said in a statement.

        "The flats at Narela sub-city are being offered after taking several remedial measures in terms of improvement of infrastructure, security and connectivity on the basis of suggestions, feedback of the allottees, residents of the area," it said.

        The allottees will be eligible for subsidy under PMAY scheme of the central government. If they avail home loan from a bank or financial institution, the statement said.

        The entire process from application to allotment and possession is being done through online mode, officials said.

        The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on March 10 had allotted 1,353 flats to people under its housing scheme 2021 through a draw of lots streamed online.

        Out of these, 689 flats were surrendered by allottees, nearly 50 per cent of the total inventory under the scheme, with COVID-19 and other factors being attributed by officials for such a larger number of flats being given up.

        In late August, the DDA had held a draw for 689 flats under the 2021 Housing Scheme, surrendered by allottees, with a meagre 79 waitlisted applicants being allotted units from this lot.

        Among the other decisions approved by the authority included amendment in the DDA policy to mitigate risks of prospective bidders for upcoming in-situ rehabilitation projects, and fixation of pre-determined rates (PDRs) for allotment of land to transport traders at IFC Holambi Kalan, Narela.

        According to the provision of Master Plan of Delhi-2021, warehouses of transport traders existing in the Walled City and special areas are required to be shifted to Integrated Freight Complex at Holambi Kalan, Narela, where goods booking and transport agencies offices are permitted activity, officials said.

        This proposal will now be sent to Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for final approval and notification, and will kickstart the process of allotment of plots to transport traders.

        According to the LOP, each eligible transport trader will be allotted a 50 square metre plot with a floor area ratio (FAR) of 250, the DDA said.









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          Delhi: Allottees of Dwarka MIG flats in a fix

          DDA had launched a housing scheme in January 2021. Among the 1,354 flats on offer, the 348 MIG flats in Dwarka 16-B turned out to be the most sought after.
          NEW DELHI: Even as it prepares to launch a new housing scheme, allottees of 348 Middle Income Group (MIG) flats offered by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in its 2021 project are yet to receive their apartments.

          The allottees said that DDA had asked them to make full payment within two months even though work was going on to complete the flats.

          DDA had launched a housing scheme in January 2021. Among the 1,354 flats on offer, the 348 MIG flats in Dwarka 16-B turned out to be the most sought after. DDA, however, couldn't finish construction on time and the apartments, which cost between Rs. 1.1 to Rs. 1.2 crore could not be handed over due to ongoing work.

          Arun Aggarwal, one of the allottees, said that DDA has issued demand letters and asked for full payment by January 17, 2022, while the work at the site is still going on. Aggarwal claimed that though DDA officials have not responded to their queries, the construction will take six more months.

          DDA didn't respond to a questionnaire sent by TOI and didn't respond to subsequent phone calls and messages either.

          “DDA has charged 10% surcharge on the land premium, construction cost including grid charges and development charges on MIG category, which they have equated to the same surcharge of 10% which applied on High Income Group (HIG) category for Jasola as well,” Aggarwal said. “DDA's objective is to give affordable housing for the masses. The authority applied surcharge on the MIG category, which affects the middle class,” he said.

          “The work of the sewage treatment plant is still going on and horticulture work has not yet started,” said Ashish Sehgal, another allottee. Sehgal claimed that the complex is yet to get a No Objection Certificate from the Delhi Fire Services. “Without a fire NOC, they can't hand over the flats, but we haven't received a clear answer from DDA on this,” he said.

          The allottees said that if they had to make the full payment to get possession of the flats, the situation would become tricky. “Even the registration amount of Rs. We paid two lakh while applying for the scheme that is stuck since February 2021,” Sehgal said.










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            North Delhi civic body to not propose property tax hike in budget

            ​However, given the financial condition of the civic body, "I request the standing committee (of the NDMC) to consider a minor increase of 2 per cent in property tax rates for financial year 2022-23," Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Goel said.
            • PTI
            • November 26, 2021, 14:00 IST

            NEW DELHI: The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is not proposing any increase in property tax in its budget in view of the financial strains faced by people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Goel said on Thursday.

            However, given the financial condition of the civic body, "I request the standing committee (of the NDMC) to consider a minor increase of 2 per cent in property tax rates for financial year 2022-23," he said in his speech while presenting the budget on Thursday.

            We also request that the rebate enjoyed by people on early filing of property tax be reduced from 15 per cent to 10 per cent, he said.

            According to the NDMC budget, the revised budget estimates for the year 2021-22 stands at Rs 7,321.37 crore, while the budget estimate for the year 2022-23 stands at Rs 5,808.24 crore.

            Meanwhile, AAP MLA Atishi in statement issued by her party alleged that the corporation has "proposed an increase in property tax by 2 per cent".

            She said the NDMC's budget for the financial year 2022-2023 has "reduced".

            From year 2021-22 to 2022-23, the budget has "come down" from over Rs 7,300 crore to about Rs 5,800 crore. Each councillor has been "allotted Rs 1 crore in the budget" while payments of contractors are pending, she alleged in the statement.

            Earlier, Goel in his budget speech said the NDMC has submitted a report to the Delhi government on a project worth Rs 774 crore on processing and disposing legacy waste and new garbage.

            In the last one year or so, 19.45 lakh tonne garbage had been segregated, and the height of the mound at Bhalswa landfill site has been reduced by 11 metres, he added.

            Also, 24 trommel machines have already been set up and 30 machines are under the process of pre-installation testing, he added.

            Officials later sharing details from his budget, in a statement said that Rs 447.94 crore worth property tax had been collected till October 2021, which is Rs 69.80 crore more than the corresponding figures for the period last year.

            Digitalidation of 4.3 lakh properties and synchronisation with UPIC has been done, and rest is under process; 110 bank accounts and 14 properties been attached for non-payment of due property tax; and 30,852 new properties identified, it added.

            In his budget speech, Goel also said that the NDMC has chalked out a plan to provide parking for 13,500 cars by developing multi-level parkings at 19 locations, including at Pitampura, Gandhi Maidan, Qutub Road, Sant Nagar and Pusa lane, and work has started on most of the major projects.

            In addition, stack parking facilities at Hanuman Setu near Nigam Bodhghat, and Fatehpuri area are also planned, he added.









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              East Delhi civic body proposes increase in property tax, new levies

              EDMC commissioner Vikas Anand proposed to increase property tax on residential properties in C, D and E categories from 11% to 13 %, and in F, G and H categories from 7% to 10%. File photo


              NEW DELHI: To improve revenue generation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Friday proposed an increase of 2-3% in property tax on residential and non-residential categories, 5% on government accommodation, 10 times (Rs 5 to Rs 50) increase in fees for sanctioning building plans, among other levies.

              Presenting the proposed budget for financial year 2022-23, EDMC commissioner Vikas Anand proposed to increase property tax on residential properties in C, D and E categories from 11% to 13 %, and in F, G and H categories from 7% to 10%.

              The tax proposed for A–E non-residential categories was 15% of the annual value of the property and 12% for F, G and H categories. A 20% tax was proposed for residential quarters of government companies, autonomous bodies, statutory corporation, etc against the existing 15%.

              “Similarly, we have proposed new taxes, such as education cess, betterment and professional tax, some of which are already implemented in other states,” said Anand.

              Till November 5, EDMC had collected Rs 112 crore as property tax against a total target of Rs 350 crore. Last year, Rs 209 crore was collected. “We are also emphasising on bringing more properties under the tax net. While UPIC numbers have been issued to 7 lakh dwelling units, we are assessing people liable to pay tax with the help of the councillors. As of now, we have 2.5 lakh regular taxpayers. Besides, 1.9 lakh new people have registered on the property tax portal,” said the commissioner.

              For combating dust pollution due to illegal dumping of construction and demolition (C&D) waste, EDMC has issued an order for direct disposal/transportation of malba from all construction sites to the C&D waste processing plant at Shastri Park.

              “While we have reduced the number of sites (from 61 to 17) for dumping waste in small quantities, there is a plan to start online services for collecting waste directly from properties at minimal charges,” Anand said.

              To get better rankings in Swachh Survekshan 2022, EDMC would be giving maintenance of public toilets (50 to begin with), especially those meant for women, on a PPP basis to private organisations. Faecal sludge management would be done at selected places and the civic body would apply for ODF++ certificate.

              “EDMC will provide a subsidy of Rs 25,000 or 25% of the cost of the machine, whichever is less, to bulk waste generators for processing their waste at source,” said the commissioner. Arrangements for e-waste disposal, scrap collection from houses and developing a technology park at New Jafrabad for treating floating material in drains have also been made.








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                Dust from Central Vista project: Supreme Court seeks Centre's reply

                Dhananjay Mahapatra / TNN / Updated: Nov 30, 2021, 07:01 IST


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                NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to explain within two days why the NDA government's prestigious Central Vista project construction work needs to be carried on despite the severe air pollution in Delhi even after solicitor general Tushar Mehta said all anti-dust measures are in place at the construction sites in New Delhi and pointed to a major decrease in the number of buses in the public transport system.

                Right at the beginning of the hearing, petitioner Aditya Dubey's counsel Vikas Singh said while construction work at small projects are stopped to the detriment of the labourers for the sake of right to life, which includes right to clean air and environment, of the residents of Delhi and the NCR, "the construction of the massive Central Vista is being carried on at full swing right under the nose of the Supreme Court. Is Central Vista work more important than the lives of crores of residents of Delhi and NCR?"

                A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant asked the Centre and Delhi government to explain the construction works being carried out in their respective jurisdictions within Delhi and whether statutory anti-dust pollution measures have been put in place. The SC, however, asked the petitioner not to stay focussed on one project and derail the endeavour of the court to address the larger issue of air pollution and means to control it round the year. "We are asking Mehta to explain," the CJI said.

                The Centre in its affidavit said Delhi government needed to take proactive steps to control pollution from vehicular emissions. Mehta said, "As per the direction of the Supreme Court, the public transport fleet within National Capital Territory(NCT) was required to be augmented to approximately 11,000 CNG buses. However, the fleet of around 6,000 buses in 2010 have now depleted to nearly 3,000 buses. Thus urgent steps are required to be taken to augment bus fleet by the Delhi government."

                Justice Chandrachud flagged this as an important issue but senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Delhi government, said special CNG buses have been provided in the last three four days to carry from people from 12-14 points in Delhi to Delhi secretariat. But, Justice Chandrachud interrupted Singhvi to ask why the number of buses has come down from 6,000 to 3,000 when it should have been increased to 11,000.

                Singhvi said, "This is alarmingly false (the statement in Centre's affidavit about strength of bus fleet in Delhi)."

                The SC asked Delhi government to file an affidavit by Thursday regarding the available number of buses in Delhi for public transport. "Take steps to comply with the directions," the bench said. Singhvi said, "As far as the NCT is concerned 90% of the directions are complied with or are being complied with. Four days ago, the SC asked the states to pay construction workers from the welfare fund, built from the cess collected from builders. The Delhi government decided to pay Rs 5,000 to every eligible construction worker, which number around 2.95 lakh in Delhi. An amount of 147 core has been disbursed."

                The Centre flagged 16 issues for Delhi government. Singhvi told the SC that the Delhi government would respond in a detailed affidavit by Thursday, the next date of hearing.








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                  Flying squads to catch Delhi-NCR polluters, SC told

                  Amit Anand Choudhary / TNN / Updated: Dec 4, 2021, 05:34 IST


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                  NEW DELHI: Facing the ire of Supreme Court for not being able to control the severe air pollution in Delhi, the Centre on Friday decided to take upon itself the responsibility of ensuring that various measures are complied with in NCR, a task that was earlier done by the pollution boards.

                  It told the SC that an enforcement task force had been set up and 40 flying squads formed to catch hold of non-compliant persons and entities and penalise them.

                  Acting within the stipulated period of 24 hours given by the apex court on Thursday, solicitor general Tushar Mehta told a bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant that the Centre had taken immediate steps to augment the implementation of the directions of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in NCR after the court pointed out that the panel did not have enforceable powers.

                  8-hour daily cap for industries not operating on cleaner fuels

                  An enforcement task force with five members has been constituted by the commission in exercise of its statutory power. Earlier, inspections were carried out by CPCB, respective state governments and their state pollution control boards. It is submitted that now flying squads have been constituted which will directly report to the enforcement task force of the commission which itself will exercise powers of taking punitive and preventive measures against non-compliant/defaulting persons/entities," Mehta told the bench.

                  He said the commission has further directed that industrial operations and processes in NCR shall be allowed only up to eight hours a day during weekdays and shall remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays if the industrial unit is not running on PNG or cleaner fuels. The bench then asked the Centre to file a proposal for all industrial units to switch to PNG or cleaner fuels in a time-bound manner.

                  Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi government, assured the bench that all necessary action would be taken to curb pollution and pleaded that the court allow construction work for seven hospitals which was essential in view of reports of a potential third wave of Covid-19.

                  Allowing the plea, the bench said, "We permit the same, subject to compliance with CAQM directions in this regard."

                  Satisfied with the response of the Centre and the Delhi government, the SC deferred the hearing by a week. Exasperated over air pollution continuing to be at a life-threatening level in Delhi despite the Centre and NCT governments claiming to have taken all possible steps to control it, the court had on Thursday granted 24 hours to them to come out with effective measures to deal with the problem and to implement its directions.

                  In the wake of the air pollution crisis in the region, CAQM has ordered shutting of all the educational institutions in entire NCR and capped the operational time of all the industries not running on gas at eight hours.

                  Delhi's air quality has been oscillating between 'severe' and 'very poor' for the past one month. CAQM has ordered formation of smaller state-specific task forces too with specific jurisdictions in Delhi and NCR states to implement, enforce, monitor and report pollution violations.

                  The task forces for Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, UP and Rajasthan will comprise the environment secretary of the state as chairman, member secretary, a technical or administrative representative of the respective pollution monitoring board as a member and a technical representative from Central Pollution Control Board.

                  The commission has said that several instances of its directions not being complied with have been reported and that there was an urgent need to take further systematic preventive measures as a matter of "extreme emergency" to prevent deterioration in the air quality of Delhi-NCR.

                  Reiterating its previous directions on industries and thermal power plants, stopping construction activities and banning DG sets among others, the commission has directed closure of all schools, colleges and other educational institutions till further orders and allowed only online mode of education, making examinations and practicals in laboratories the only exceptions. The Delhi government had on Thursday closed down educational institutions in the city from Friday till further notice.

                  On Friday, the CAQM also called for stopping entry of trucks into Delhi, except the ones running on electricity and CNG and those carrying essential goods.
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                    Godrej Properties & TDI Group to jointly develop residential project in Delhi


                    The project is estimated to have a developable potential of approximately 1.25 lakh sq ft saleable area comprising primarily of residential apartments of various configurations.NEW DELHI: Godrej Properties (GPL) has entered into a joint venture with TDI group to develop a residential project in Connaught Place, New Delhi, the company said in a BSE filing.

                    Mohit Malhotra, MD & CEO, Godrej Properties, said, "This will be our third project in Delhi and further expands our presence across India’s leading cities."

                    The project is estimated to have a developable potential of approximately 1.25 lakh sq ft saleable area comprising primarily of residential apartments of various configurations.

                    The company recently bought approximately 16 acres land parcel at Sarjapur, Bengaluru to develop a mid-income project. This project is estimated to have a development potential of approximately 1.5 million sq ft saleable area

                    Godrej Properties reported a 403 per cent increase in its consolidated net profit for the quarter ended September 2021. Its profit after tax (PAT) stood at Rs 35.72 crore in Q2 FY22. The company's net consolidated total income stood at Rs 334.22 crore in the said quarter.








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                      Builders' body moves SC against construction ban in Delhi-NCR

                      "It is submitted that the present blanket ban on all construction activities takes within its sweep even small constructions of residential and other units, which can in no manner be said to be causing large-scale pollution," the plea said.
                      NEW DELHI: A builders' body has moved the Supreme Court seeking to vacate its order by which it had re-imposed the ban on construction activities in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). The plea filed by the Developers and Builders Forum, a body of more than 60 builders, contended that they use the latest construction technology so as to reduce dust pollution and adhere to the laid-down norms.

                      "It is most respectfully submitted that the above direction imposing a blanket ban ought to be re-visited by this court in view of the relevant data and statistics.

                      "That the direction is issued without taking the views of all stakeholders and without differentiating between construction activities of various nature.

                      "It is submitted that the present blanket ban on all construction activities takes within its sweep even small constructions of residential and other units, which can in no manner be said to be causing large-scale pollution," the plea said.

                      The plea is likely to be mentioned on Monday.

                      The top court directed the Centre and the states in the NCR on Friday to implement the orders of the Commission for Air Quality Management in the NCR and Adjoining Areas to curb pollution and sought a proposal to ensure that all industrial units switch over to PNG or cleaner fuel in a time-bound manner or face closure, while ruing that some news reports tried to portray it as a "villain" that wants to close down the schools here.

                      Observing that instruments like PILs would not have been needed if the governments did everything on their own, a special bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said it was not adversarial litigation and it will not close the case and will keep monitoring the measures to be taken up by the states to curb pollution.

                      The builders' body has challenged the November 24 order by which the apex court re-imposed the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR and directed the states to provide subsistence to workers from the funds collected as labour cess for the period during which such activities are prohibited.

                      The bench also directed the Commission for Air Quality Management in the NCR and Adjoining Areas to "commission a scientific study of air quality based on available data of previous years bearing upon recorded levels of air pollution".







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