Delhi pollution: Ban on construction for 5 days, schools to remain shut for 3 days

Kejriwal announced a ban on construction activity and shutting down of the city's Badarpur power plant for the next 10 days.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2016 5:11 pm
delhi pollution, air pollution, delhi air pollution, diwali air pollution, delhi diwali pollution, delhi diwali air pollution, delhi air quality, delhi air, delhi news, india news New Delhi: Delhi reels under the seasons worst air quality a day after fireworks Diwali fireworks on Monday early morning. The smog covered the city with respirable pollutants reaching perilious levels. (file photo)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday spelled out the list of measures to be undertaken by the government in an effort to reduce the worsening air pollution in the city. Speaking to reporters after an emergency Cabinet meeting on the issue, Kejriwal announced a ban on construction activity for the next five days and shutting down the city’s Badarpur power plant for the next ten days. Schools will also be remained shut for the next three days, said Kejriwal.

Kejriwal said that except for emergency services, generator sets will not allowed to function for next 10 days. A complete ban on burning of leaves and sprinkling of water on roads were also among the list of actions announced by the chief minister. Weekly vacuum cleaning of roads will begin from November 10, he said. Responding to a question on crop burning, Kejriwal said he was not point fingers at anyone. “We are not pointing fingers at anyone. We need to sit down and come out with a solution,” he said.

He revealed that artificial rain was discussed at the Cabinet meeting and requested the Centre for its support. “Crop-burning will continue and so can’t expect relief soon,” Kejriwal said.

On Saturday, Kejriwal described Delhi as a toxic gas chamber and blamed neighbouring state farmers for adding to the city’s pollution woes by burning crop stubble. “Pollution levels in Delhi are so high that Delhi has become a gas chamber. Smoke from other states because of stubble burning and meteorological factors are responsible. The environment minister should call an emergency meeting of the chief ministers of Delhi and its neighbouring states on Monday so that immediate steps to tackle the issue can be taken… This situation needs the intervention of the Centre at the highest level. Farmers should be given incentives to find alternates to burning stubble,” said Kejriwal after meeting Union Minister for Environment Anil Madhav Dave.

Later on, Dave called for a meeting of all the neighbouring states chief ministers and environment ministers to come up with solution to the worsening crisis.

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    MyTake
    Nov 6, 2016 at 6:42 pm
    Better organise the last rites of Delhi under the priesthood of AK. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It will similar to the last rites of Congress under the priesthood of Sonia hi!
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      MyTake
      Nov 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm
      Delhi is getting what it deserved. It's simply a confirmation of the two facts of life:lt;br/gt;1. There are causes and there are affects and they are linked. lt;br/gt;2. What you sow is what you reap - karmic consequences which in this case comes in the form of "people get the leader they deserve"! lt;br/gt;Let's celebrate above truth which might open the eye for future!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If something is on free fall it has to hit the ground before it can bounce, if at all! For quicker result encouraging that free fall is a smarter idea! Amen!!
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        MyTake
        Nov 6, 2016 at 6:59 pm
        This is the Praoyschitta people have to do for the sin they committed. Once atoned and come out regretted it will be fine!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It's a blessings in disguise! Even Talibanis won't be able to see their targets under AK! AAPtards, being short of grey matter can't see the benefit in disguise and failing to highlight it!
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          Bharat
          Nov 6, 2016 at 9:35 am
          AK, you can give delli relief from polution ,, u did some outstanding work despite all the risteiction , we al know that,, just one thing dont expect anyhelp from centre ,, they only speak on religion and election rallies bus ,, development pollution kya hota hai bhai hume nahi pata !!!
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            Bharat
            Nov 6, 2016 at 9:44 am
            He defended Dewali by saying bus ek din ka festival hai and has less role in pollution !!! Lekin shayad u got paid to slread lie
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              Bharat
              Nov 6, 2016 at 9:47 am
              Its not AK failliure,, its centre woh is not intrested in pollution he tried his option bus odd even and all but pollution is comimg from outside delli as well all should work together ,, but tum.log govt ko kaam kerne bolonge ??
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                Bharat
                Nov 6, 2016 at 9:37 am
                Kuch nahi bus delli ki janta ke liye let them work ,, taang na adaye ,, kuch development per bhi kaam karein !!!
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                  Bharat
                  Nov 6, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                  That you Dehli govt .. can we ask centre to work !! Coz if we ask centre to work then we are anti national !!!Centre still sleeping !!! This issue need to be solved with the help of every state not only Dehli ..
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