- Until December 3, the transport of gasoline and diesel fuel will be prohibited in Delhi.
- The move is an attempt to control the air quality in the city.
- Special CNG buses will be deployed for large colonies such as Timarpur and Gulabi Bagh.
Amid concerns about air pollution in the capital, the Delhi government has ruled that from November 27, only CNG vehicles and electric vehicles will be allowed to enter the city, while all transportation of gasoline and diesel will be banned until 3 December. an attempt to control the air quality in the city. “As pollution levels in Delhi are decreasing, leading to an increase in the Air Quality Index (AQI) similar to what it was in the days before Diwali, the Delhi government has taken a number of measures to maintain it. The entry of trucks and other vehicles other than those involved in Basic services coming from outside Delhi has been stopped, ”Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said in a press briefing after the high-level meeting was held. to decide on the measures needed to keep the air in Delhi clean.
“From November 27, only CNG and electric vehicles will be allowed to enter the capital of the country. All other vehicles will remain banned until December 3, ”he added.
“We also decided to deploy dedicated CNG buses to large colonies such as Timarpur and Gulabi Bagh, among others, from where Delhi’s government employees travel to their offices. We will also start a bus service from Delhi Secretariat to ITO and Indraprastha metro stations for staff, “Rai told media.
“The Delhi government recently lifted construction and demolition restrictions. All construction agencies were also advised to adhere to 14 rules. We have dispatched 585 teams to test these areas to limit dust contamination. Those who violate the norms will be punished and subjected to strict measures without any notification, ”the minister added.
On Monday, the Delhi government lifted the ban on construction work after slightly improving air quality in the country’s capital.
On November 21, all schools in the capital were closed pending new orders from the Air Quality Management Commission in the metropolitan area and surrounding areas due to the growing level of air pollution in the city.
“Schools, colleges, libraries and other educational institutions will also be reopening from November 29,” Rye said, adding that government offices will also be open from Monday and everyone is encouraged to use public transport.
After Diwali, the AQI of the national capital continued to hover around the upper end of the “very poor” or “heavy” category. Changes in wind direction, burning of stubble and explosions of firecrackers were blamed for the deterioration in air quality.
An AQI of 0 to 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 are fair, 101 and 200 are moderate, 201 and 300 are bad, 301 and 400 are very bad, then 401 and between 500 are considered heavy. ” ‘.
Delhi’s air quality has improved markedly after strong surface winds swept through the city on Sunday, and today the AQI is recorded at 280 by the System for Air Quality, Forecasting and Weather Research (SAFAR).
(With IANS inputs)