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Delhi prepares for partial shutdown due to air pollution

November 2, 2018

Air pollution in Delhi is likely to become worse in the next 10 days and may force the city to partially shut down to contain pollution levels. Some of the steps authorities are looking at are a ban on construction activities and shutting down at least one industrial area for the next 10 days.

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) appointed by the Supreme Court has warned that it may even ban private vehicles or bring in odd-even vehicle restrictions in the days ahead.

These measures are pre-emptive and are being introduced keeping in mind the forecast and the need for emergency actions to combat pollution. - Bhure Lal, chairman, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA)

The Air Quality Index has crossed severe levels of air pollution on Tuesday. It got better and then came down to 'very poor' but this could go up due to bad weather conditions.

Some of the measures the EPCA is looking at putting in place until 10 November are:

  • Shut down of Mundka industrial area.
  • Ban on construction and digging.
  • Shutting down of industries that run on coal and biomass.
  • Ban on stone crushers, brick kilns and hot mix plants.

A ban on diesel generators is in place. The Badarpur power plant has been shut down since 15 October.

Authorities have also started Facebook and Twitter accounts where people can file complaints about garbage burning, unpaved roads etc. Holidays of of environment department officials stand cancelled.

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