New Delhi: In view of the ‘very poor’ air quality in Delhi, only CNG-run and electric vehicles will be allowed entry into the city from Saturday (November 27), while all the petrol and diesel transports will remain banned till December 3.
Delhi's Department of Environment and Forests on Saturday issued an order banning entry of trucks in the national capital except those carrying essential commodities till November 30.
Air pollution: Delhi's Department of Environment & Forests has issued an order banning entry of trucks in the national capital except those carrying essential commodities from today till Nov 30
CNG/electric trucks carrying non-essential commodities allowed to enter Delhi pic.twitter.com/VGrzDFxFgJ
— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2021
The Delhi government had announced this measure on Wednesday (November 24) to tackle air pollution. After chairing a high-level meeting, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had 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."
"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,” IANS had quoted him as saying.
Earlier on November 18, the Delhi government had banned the entry of all trucks (except those carrying essential commodities) from other states into the national capital till November 21.
Delhi schools and other educational institutes have been allowed to reopen from November 29, the government directed.
In another effort to control pollution, the Supreme Court reimposed the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR on Wednesday. "In the meantime, as an interim measure and until further orders, we re-impose the ban on the construction activities in the NCR,” the top court said. However, non-polluting activities relating to construction including plumbing work, interior decoration, electrical work and carpentry can continue.
Meanwhile, Delhi Air Quality Index (AQI) on Friday morning slipped to 368 in the 'very poor' category, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).
(With agency inputs)