The NCR's pollution level after Diwali was twice what it was last year as people burst firecrackers outside of the Supreme Court's stipulated time frame
Delhi's degrading air quality has been making headlines for quite some time now. The National Capital Region's (NCR) pollution level after Diwali has nearly doubled in comparison to last year as people burst firecrackers outside of the Supreme Court's stipulated time frame of 8 pm to 10 pm.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 426 on November 9, which puts it in the 'severe' category, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
- The State Transport Department has banned the entry of heavy and medium goods vehicles into the national capital for three days starting from 11 pm on November 8. Vehicles that need to reach other destinations are being asked to take the Eastern Peripheral Expressway instead of entering Delhi. Vehicles carrying perishable goods like vegetables, fruits, milk, other food items, and tankers carrying petroleum products have been exempted.
- Authorities have banned construction activities and have halted operations of industries using coal and biomass as fuel between November 1 and November 10. Civil construction has also been suspended and all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution have been shut down.
- The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has also directed the Transport Department and the traffic police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control travel congestion in the region between November 1 and November 10. The authorities are also considering regulating the use of private vehicles.
- The CPCB is also thinking of inducing artificial rain in Delhi to wash away hazardous pollutants that are plaguing the national capital. Workers of Public Works Department (PWD) sprinkled water in Anand Vihar area to settle the dust as a pollution control measure.
Delhi: Workers of Public Works Department (PWD) sprinkle water in Anand Vihar area to settle the dust as a pollution control measure. pic.twitter.com/DsD88wp9oJ
— ANI (@ANI) November 8, 2018
- Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan had called a meeting of the environment ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Delhi to discuss the deteriorating air quality. However, all ministers, except Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, skipped the meeting and instead sent their senior officials to participate in it, according to a report by NDTV.