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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First Published on: November 6, 2016 1:30 pm
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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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                    Bharat
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:49 am
                    The thing is all estate shoukd work on pollution together one Delli cant stable it ,, BUT PROB YE HAI KE ARE WE GOING TO ASK GOVT TO WORK ON IT .. IF WE THEN WE ARE ANYI NATIONAL .. SO CHAPTER CLOSE ..BE LIKE THIS TILL NEXT ELECTION
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                      Bharat
                      Nov 6, 2016 at 9:41 am
                      Tum log ki sulagti haina jab desh dehli ki baat kerta hai ,, west countries give exampl Dehli aur humari centre bus election rallies religion hindu muslim sikh etc etc etc !!!
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                        Soib Ullah
                        Nov 6, 2016 at 10:27 am
                        Good work Kejriwal.....lt;br/gt;Where is BJP 7 MP ???? Are sleeping
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                          Sty
                          Nov 6, 2016 at 1:51 pm
                          Don't worry when Khujliwal ji becomes the cm of Punjab all problems of Delhi will be solved
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                            A.h.Choudhury
                            Nov 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm
                            Its a welcome move by Delhi CM .We all have a responsibility to the environment and we know that little changes of mind set can add up to make a huge difference in reducing, our carbon footprint. We, therefore ,shoul be volunteered ourselves to help DELHI to become a pollution free environment . lt;br/gt;Charity begins at home -we should try to be a role model to protect our environment for ourselves and our future generation .
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                              Akshit
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm
                              Delhi should be renamed as Disease.... summers you have dengue and chikengunia and in winters smog
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                                Rathna LK
                                Nov 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm
                                There should be a long-term strategy for this pollution problem.Today it may be a problem of Delhi,but the rest of the nation will be facing similar problem with in no time.lt;br/gt;Educational insutions,voluntary organisations,NGO 's should work together so that slowly we can be free from this menace.
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                                  AR
                                  Nov 6, 2016 at 8:34 am
                                  So finally when the pollution reached your own home and started affecting your family you have woken up. last two years you spent ranting on Modi and forgot the responsibility. Did you not know that this is going to happen or were you busy watching all the videos of your colleagues
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                                    Atul Sharma
                                    Nov 6, 2016 at 8:34 am
                                    Completely illogical ideas as ever.
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                                      Dash
                                      Nov 6, 2016 at 10:17 am
                                      Tinpot socialist Kejri has no vision for Delhi. His unimplementable and irrational solutions can't solve a serious issue like air polltion in Delhi. He has to sit with CMs of Punjab,Haryana and invest in projects related to composting,biom etc. He is such a man who can blame but not cooperate. AAP govt is indiscriminately giving licences of autos in Delhi. It has to be checked but he won't as autowalas form his core votebank. Autos pollute a lot. You need a man who can take hard decisions but populist Kejri can not do that. He is not focusing on vacuum cleaning because if it is done,people will praise MCD. He is more concerned about votes and not people's health. As long as Kejri is there,it seems difficult to solve this problem. It's wrong to blame him for pollution but his dirty politcs is definitely affecting our health. We are living in a dangerous environment.
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                                        Dash
                                        Nov 6, 2016 at 10:02 am
                                        Tinpot socialist has no vision for Delhi. His unimplementable and ifdational solutions can't solve a serious issue like air polltion in Delhi. He has to sit with CMs of Punjab,Haryana and invest in projects related to composting,biogas etc. He is such a man who can blame but not cooperate. AAP govt is indiscriminately giving licences of autos in Delhi. It has to be checked but he won't as autowalas are his core votebank. Autos pollute a lot. You need a man who can take hard decisions but populist Kejri can not do that. He is not focusing on vacuum cleaning because if it is done,people will praise MCD. He is more concwrned about votes and not people's health. As long as Kejri is there,it seems difficult to solve this problem. It's wrong to blame him for pollution but his dirty politcs is definitely our health. We are living in a dangerous environment.
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                                          Dash
                                          Nov 6, 2016 at 10:03 am
                                          Tinpot socialist has no vision for Delhi. His unimplementable and irrational solutions can't solve a serious issue like air polltion in Delhi. He has to sit with CMs of Punjab,Haryana and invest in projects related to composting,biogas etc. He is such a man who can blame but not cooperate. AAP govt is indiscriminately giving licences of autos in Delhi. It has to be checked but he won't as autowalas are his core votebank. Autos pollute a lot. You need a man who can take hard decisions but populist Kejri can not do that. He is not focusing on vacuum cleaning because if it is done,people will praise MCD. He is more concwrned about votes and not people's health. As long as Kejri is there,it seems difficult to solve this problem. It's wrong to blame him for pollution but his dirty politcs is definitely our health. We are living in a dangerous environment.
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                                            PN badri
                                            Nov 7, 2016 at 7:07 am
                                            Generally our governmentsresort to quick fix methods instead of long term plan to avoid smog. Potion explosion is main reason for all our country's social/environmental problems.
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