Amid the concerns of air pollution in the national capital, only CNG-run and electric vehicles will be allowed entry into the city from November 27, while all petrol and diesel transport will remain banned till December 3.
The Delhi government took the concerned decision in an attempt to keep the city’s air quality in check.
Speaking in a press briefing, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said, "As pollution level in Delhi is reducing leading to an improved Air Quality Index (AQI) similar to pre-Diwali days, the Delhi government has taken a slew of measures to maintain it. Entry of trucks and other vehicles, except for those involved in essential services, from outside Delhi has been stopped."
This announcement comes after a high-level meeting was conducted to decide on measures needed to keep Delhi’s air clean.
He added, "From November 27, only CNG-run and electric vehicles will be allowed entry into the national capital. All the other vehicles will remain banned till December 3.”
Rai further said that the city government has also decided to deploy special CNG buses for major colonies like Timarpur and Gulabi Bagh among others from where Delhi government employees commute for the office. Shuttle bus service from Delhi Secretariat to ITO and Indraprastha metro stations will also start for the employees.
"Recently, the Delhi government had removed restrictions from construction and demolition activities. All the construction agencies have also been advised to stick to the 14 point-guidelines. We have deployed 585 teams to keep a check at such sites to curb the dust pollution. Those found violating the norms will be penalized and subjected to strict action without any notice whatsoever," the minister added.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has lifted the ban on construction activities on Monday after the marginal improvement in the national capital’s air quality.
All schools and educational institutions in Delhi were shut down on November 21 until further orders of the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas, due to the rising levels of air pollution in the city.
"Schools, colleges, libraries, and other educational institutions will also be reopened from November 29 onwards," said Rai.
The change in wind direction, stubble burning, and bursting of firecrackers were cited to be the reason behind worsened air quality.