Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai said Sunday that his department has issued a notice on the effective implementation of emergency measures announced by the city government to combat air pollution.
He also said that the government of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will submit a proposal to the Supreme Court on Monday for the restriction due to growing air pollution in the capital and its conditions.
Rai said all schools, libraries and institutions will be closed until November 20, with the exception of those where exams are held. New Delhi: A view of India’s Supreme Court shrouded in smog in New Delhi, Saturday 13 November 2021. Construction and demolition work will be prohibited until November 17th.
“In an order issued by the department late on Saturday evening, we specified that those schools or educational institutions where exams are already being held will remain open. All other educational institutions will be closed until November 20, ”the minister told journalists at a meeting with journalists. press conference.
A notice issued by the Environment Secretary of the Delhi government says that all construction work in the city will be closed until November 17, with immediate effect.
It states that all offices of the Delhi government, autonomous bodies and corporations will be closed until November 17, with the exception of those related to emergency services such as health and family welfare, medical facilities, police, environmental department, public works department and fire Department. , among other things.
“Until November 17, civil servants of all departments, except those involved in emergency services, will work from home.
We have issued a recommendation to private firms to allow their employees to work from home, ”said Rai.
He said that the main motivation behind these emergency measures is to reduce car and dust pollution in Delhi. The government notice also states that the uninterrupted provision of public services must be ensured by all departments and agencies.
He ordered all private offices and institutions to allow their employees to work from home in order to ensure the least traffic on the roads until November 17.
Following an emergency meeting on Saturday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejrival announced various emergency measures, including the closure of schools and colleges for a week, a ban on construction work and work from home for government employees to tackle the city’s pollution crisis.
Following the meeting, the chief minister told reporters that his government would also submit a proposal to the Supreme Court to ban the quarantine in Delhi.
Calling the rise in Delhi-NCR air pollution an “emergency”, the Supreme Court asked the Center and the Delhi government on Saturday to take immediate action to improve air quality and proposed measures such as stopping vehicles and imposing restrictions on national capital.
The Delhi government issued a statement citing Rai as saying that a high-level meeting was held on Nov. 9 and it was decided that five strict steps would be taken to help the city’s residents tackle the pollution problem. as soon as possible.
Rai said that according to the decision taken at the meeting, the campaign against open burning will be carried out from November 11 to December 11.
“In addition, the concerned departments were ordered to close diesel generators and coal stoves in Delhi, increase parking fees, increase the frequency of the metro and buses, and provide heaters for the RWA guards,” the minister was quoted as saying. statement.
He added that the second stage of the anti-dust campaign is being held from November 12 and will last a month.
“Instead of 114 tanks, 400 tankers will now spray water to precipitate dust. In addition, by November 20, the Delhi government will complete spraying a biodegradable solution to decompose stubble on 4,000 acres of fields, ”Rai said.
He also called for effective coordination among NCR countries to address the pollution crisis in the region.
“Air pollution is not only a problem in Delhi, so such emergency measures must be implemented in NCR cities to effectively address the problem of pollution,” the minister said.