Delhi's air quality 'improves significantly' but still far from safe: Authorities

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 15, 2018

The EPCA Monday warned that if the air quality in Delhi continues to deteriorate then it would impose a complete ban on the use of non-CNG private as well as commercial vehicles.

The Chairman of the EPCA has reportedly written to the chief secretary of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh voicing his concern over rising pollution levels in the region.

They said by relaxing the payment of toll-ECC, the trucks can move without any stop and this will reduce congestion and reduce pollution.

A number of local as well as regional factors have been contributing towards increase of pollution in Delhi. He said that implementing the ban would be hard as it is not possible to distinguish between diesel and other fuelled vehicles.

"However, CNG vehicles have stickers and also it is understood that all public transport vehicles are fuelled by CNG.in this situation, these vehicles will be available for movement", he said.

Meanwhile, the Central Pollution Control Board's task force recommended the entry of heavy vehicles into the city and carrying out construction activities between 6 am and 6 pm. "The SDMC is directed to issue the necessary orders so that no ECC or toll is collected for this limited period", the letter said.

"We will continue this restriction so that there is large-scale diversion of trucks on the Western and Eastern expressways and other roads", it said. This is mainly due to the fact that surface winds are still low and the temperature is likely to cool down, it said.

Twenty one areas in Delhi recorded "very poor" air quality while 14 areas showed "poor" air quality, the CPCB said.

According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), on Wednesday at 6 pm, while particulate matter (PM10) dropped down to 280, falling under "poor" category, PM 2.5 remained in "very poor" category with AQI at 175. "Stubble fire is unlikely to impact Delhi air quality index (AQI) as fire counts are significantly down and winds are also flowing from other direction", SAFAR said in a report.

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