Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government will present a proposal to the Supreme Court on Monday to impose a lockdown in the capital due to rising air pollution. The Supreme Court on Saturday asked the government to consider imposing a two-day lockdown to control pollution. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that extending the lockdown would be a big decision. There will be extensive consultation before taking any such decision. Kejriwal said that the government will prepare a draft proposal for the lockdown and its modalities and will present it in the apex court.
10 Updates on the Pollution Situation in Delhi-NCR:
1. All schools in Delhi will remain closed for a week from November 15. Schools in Haryana’s Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat, Jhajjar will also remain closed till November 17.
2. There is a ban on construction activities in Delhi till November 17.
3. The Haryana government has also banned construction works in four districts of the National Capital Region.
4. Apart from emergency services, all government offices in Delhi will work from home from tomorrow. The Haryana government has also urged the offices to work from home mode as far as possible.
5. The AAP government has also suggested shutting down diesel generator sets and coal kilns in Delhi, increasing parking charges, increasing metro and bus frequency, etc. to reduce pollution.
6. In Delhi, 400 tankers will sprinkle water to settle the dust.
7. By November 20, the government will complete the work of spraying bio-decomposer solution for decomposing stubble in 4,000 acres of fields.
8. As Delhi and Haryana shut schools, the Air Quality Management Commission on Sunday advised Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to consider implementing restrictions.
9. Delhi’s air quality improved significantly on Sunday as the Air Quality Index stood at 330 as against 437 on Saturday and 471 on Friday. The air quality index of the neighboring states of Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, Greater Noida was recorded at 331, 287, 321, 298 and 310 respectively.
10. As per the forecast, the air quality in Delhi may improve slightly in the next two days due to restrictions on construction activities.