New Delhi, Nov. 9 -- The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) is empowered to shut down industries, thermal power plants and other polluting sources. It can also take suo moto action against any pollution in the national capital region (NCR). But it doesn't.

The main reasons why EPCA has not utilised these powers is because it has very few active members and lacks dedicated central funding.

At best, it can request for vehicles or a couple of support staff from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Since EPCA does not have the capacity to oversee implementation of its directions on ground, it focuses on the regulatory framework of pollution-control in NCR through long-term and emergency actions such ...