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Pollution board wants ban on heavy vehicles in Delhi till Nov 10

November 07, 2018 08:00 AM

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Pollution board wants ban on heavy vehicles in Delhi till Nov 10
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 6

The Delhi Government today appealed for cracker-free Diwali, while the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recommended ban on entry of heavy vehicles into the city from November 8-10 after the air quality was recorded in the "very poor" category.

Environment Minister Imran Hussain said that the air quality in Northern India, particularly Delhi-NCR, in October-November remained a cause of concern due to a variety of factors, mainly influenced by agricultural waste burning in the northern belt.
Twenty-five areas in Delhi recorded "very poor" air quality, while eight areas recorded "poor" air quality. Experts have warned of severe spike in pollution levels after Diwali even if "partial toxic crackers" are burnt compared to last year.

"The contribution from the agricultural waste in recent past has gone as high as up to 60 per cent. There was a significant intrusion of stubble-generated pollution yesterday, which showed a declining trend today," Hussain said.


He asked the citizens of Delhi to help in reducing the local sources of pollution. "Celebrating a cracker-free Diwali is one such step to do your bit," he said.

The CPCB today held a meeting with the transport authorities and advised them to ban the entry of heavy vehicles for two days after Diwali when the air quality is expected to deteriorate further to severe level.

The recommendation was made in view of the heavy pollution caused by such vehicles which might add to the woes of the national capital, which is already battling alarming levels of pollution. Delhi's air quality is expected to deteriorate to "severe plus emergency" category after Diwali, experts said.

"Even if 50 per cent of the total load of toxic firecrackers as compared to last year is added, the prevailing weather conditions will aggravate the high smoke level and make air quality persist in severe range for at least two days on November 8 and 9," experts said.

Artificial rain to bail out Capital

To address the alarming pollution levels, the Central Pollution Control Board said it was mulling inducing artificial rain over the city after Diwali to wash away hazardous pollutants plaguing the Capital
And for this, the pollution monitoring body is in talks with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and the India Meteorological Department

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