Pollution Crisis: Ban On Entry Of Trucks Into Delhi Extended Till December 7

The administration prolonged the restriction on trucks entering New Delhi until December 7, citing the current air pollution condition and the prediction forward, whereas the ban on building and destruction activities will remain in place until additional instructions are issued. CNG trucks, e-trucks, and those providing critical services will be exempt from the entry ban.

Gopal Rai, the Delhi environment minister, who introduced the third stage of the Red Light On, Gaadi Off initiative from 4th of December to 18th of December, stated that until the city receives rain during the first week of December, the quality of air will remain in the very severe level.

Rai stated that the air quality prediction did not appear promising and that certain limits must be maintained. He stated that if the IMD prediction is correct, Delhi could receive considerable rainfall, and without it, the quality of air will be extremely terrible, forcing them to make these choices.

Rai, who conducted a feedback session on the state of the air quality in Delhi on Monday, said the administration has started the process of paying 5,000 apiece to construction personnel affected by the ban. Interior decoration, plumbing, and electrical work, he said, could all proceed. He also stated that construction crews affected by the prohibition will receive $5,000 in compensation and that the ban will remain in effect until further directives are made. The entry ban, he claimed, would not apply to private automobiles.

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The third stage of the Red Light On, Gaadi Off initiative has begun, according to Rai, to reduce levels of pollution in the capital. On the 3rd of December 2021, the second stage will come to a close. They've agreed to keep it going.

Last Wednesday, the administration stated that the ban on gasoline and diesel trucks entering Delhi will be extended till the 3rd of December 2021. After Supreme Court orders, the development and destruction ban was reinstated the next day.

On Monday, schools, universities, academic facilities, and administrative buildings reopened after being closed on the 16th of November 2021 due to directions from the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region.

To prevent automotive pollution, Rai said the administration was operating buses to transport its personnel from 14 settlements where a big number of them live. Employees are picked up at 8 a.m., and a returning vehicle leaves them off at their homes after 5 p.m.

He said that anyone who sees a breach, like unlawful development, open trash burning, or vehicle access, should notify the Green Delhi application, and that they will conduct appropriate measures.

The limitation on non-essential supplies, according to Dipankar Saha, a former CPCB air laboratory chief, is an effective means of regulating pollution spikes. Building works, he continued, lead to wintertime pollution. Many building projects begin after the monsoon, which could also contribute to pollution. This isn't a necessary operation, thus it can be halted to minimize local pollution. He stated that this was not a long-term answer and that administrations in the National Capital Region must collaborate.