Push For WFH, Restricted Vehicular Movement: Delhi Govt Announces Measures To Fight Pollution

Every year as winter approaches, Delhi's air deteriorates due to wildfires, transportation pollutants, coal-fired plants outside the metropolis, and other enterprises, as well as outdoor waste scorching and dirt.

On Wednesday, Delhi's environment minister, Gopal Rai, launched a slew of immediate steps aimed at reducing the state's air pollution. External vehicles, except for those participating in vital services, would not be permitted into the capital under the new limits. Rai announced the actions that the Police Force and the Department of Transportation will take to guarantee that this is implemented.

The Delhi administration has also directed that all administrative agencies function at full capacity from home until 21st November 2021. Development and renovation activity in Delhi has been banned until 21st November 2021, whereas institutions and other academic establishments in the country's capital will stay closed until further instructions, according to the environment ministry.

Rai stated that far more than 1,000 privately owned Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses will be leased for the area to persuade people to abandon their private cars and go by public transportation. He also stated that the hiring will commence on Thursday.

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The new laws would also prohibit the operation of diesel engines older than 10 years and petroleum vehicles older than 15 years. Rai also stated that the transportation department has given over a list to the officers and that the officers will take measures in response to the announcement. As part of the procedures, pollution under control (PUC) certifications will be verified at filling stations on a constant schedule.

Rai revealed the restrictions in a press conference after convening a high-level conference to ensure rigorous execution of the Commission for Air Quality Management's recommendations (CAQM).

The environment department also stated that a Specialized Response Team of the Traffic Corps will be established to oversee road jams to improve traffic flow and reduce pollution caused by vehicle gridlock.

Simultaneously, authorities from the Metro System and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) have appealed to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) requesting that the judgment to just permit passengers to sit be reconsidered. According to the Covid-19 rules' social spacing is the mandate, kneeling is forbidden on Delhi metros and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses.

According to Rai, three hundred seventy-two freshwater generous misting containers are currently operating throughout the city as part of the Delhi administration's ongoing initiatives to address the problem. He also stated that the fire department's water machines will be positioned in 13 hotspots to assure that more and more water is sprayed. In factories, only gasoline will be permitted, and if dirty fuel is identified, action would be taken.

Each year as winter approaches, Delhi's quality of air deteriorates due to forest fires, transportation pollutants, coal-fired facilities outside the capital, and other factories, as well as public trash, incinerating and particulates. As per information by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) at 10 in the morning, the air condition in the country's capital did not progress on Wednesday, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) remaining in the Extremely Poor category at 387.