Ban on crackers, deregistration of old diesel vehicles: Delhi govt’s measures to tackle pollution

The Delhi Lieutenant Government Najeeb Jung has directed agencies to ensure that immediate measures are taken to ensure the steps taken to mitigate Air Pollution in Delhi are strictly implemented.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2016 7:26 pm
delhi pollution, Delhi smog, Delhi air pollution, Delhi air, Delhi air quality, smog, delhi smog problem, delhi toxic air, delhi smoke air, delhi government pollution, delhi air pollution hazard, delhi pollution hazard, india news Delhi pollution: Civilians take selfies at a public park enveloped by thick smog in New Delhi, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

The Delhi government on Monday listed out measures which will be implemented to tackle the worsening air quality in the city. According to the government, a complete ban will be imposed in the city on crackers, other than for religious functions. The government has also decided to disallow overloaded, non-destined trucks into the city to reduce traffic congestion. The government has put a stoppage on all construction activity in Delhi till November 14 and all pollution creating industries will also be shut down.

Besides, the government declared that deregistration of 15-year-old diesel vehicles in the city will begin from today. The government will review these measures on November 15.

In the meantime, Delhi Lieutenant Government Najeeb Jung has directed agencies to ensure that immediate measures are taken to mitigate air pollution in Delhi are strictly implemented. Jung also asked MCD to take measures to control fire in Bhalswa as soon as possible. He also directed Delhi Police and Municipal Corporation to implement an action plan.

The pollution levels in Delhi has hit an all time-high since last week after Diwali. The city is covered with toxic smog and many have complained of irritation in eyes and throat. The air is dangerous even for healthy children and adults, which is recorded at ten times the permissible levels of PM2.5 and PM10.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government today suggested the Centre to consider engineering artificial rain over Delhi and the NCR region which are grappling with record- breaking levels air pollution. At a meeting between the Centre and NCR states, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain said “the Centre should consider (engineering) artificial rains.” However, Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said there is a need to examine its “workability”.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. R
    Nov 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm
    If not for the 90% of non-brahmins, Shri Modiji should take action for the 10% of bureaucRATic brahmins. Else Bagawatji will have to jump in and order Shri Modiji to immediately save the RATic brahmins.
    1. J
      jugnu Singh
      Nov 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm
      Too little, too late.
      1. O
        O P
        Nov 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm
        Ban on crackers for other than religious purpose does not make any sense or serve any purpose.
        1. Sanjeev Singal
          Nov 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm
          Had Lord Rama been greeted with today's firecrackers he would have fled back to the forests.
          1. Saurabh Vashist
            Nov 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm
            LG Order of "Polluting industries running in NCT of Delhi to be shut down." is a Welcome step for Delhi .Thousands of illegal, polluting industries allowed to run in Delhi's residential areas, ruining efforts to revive the dying Yamuna and bring down spiralling toxicity in the capital's air. Many of these got from the government cheap plots in industrial areas on the condition that they would move out. But they have sta put in connivance with officials.
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