The capital state of Delhi has been in the news because of its intense air pollution and following the alarming increase, the state has started deregistering diesel vehicles that are over 15 years old.
The Delhi government has started the deregistration process, that has accounted to almost two lakh vehicles. Also, there was a ban imposed on bursting crackers. The decision was taken after after a meeting that was chaired by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.
There were allegations claiming that the toxic smog that has blanketed Delhi was because of farm fires in neighbouring states. Although authorities from neighbouring states are refusing, NASA images show raging fire that is polluting the air.
Union Environment Minister Anil Dave has expressed concern that almost 80 percent of pollution is from within the city itself. The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal was also present at the meeting, along with other top officials.
An official statement was issued that read, "Directions have been issued to all Registering Authorities/MLOs to start deregistration of diesel vehicles which are more than 15 years old in a phased manner. This will bring about a reduction of 2 lakhs diesel vehicles on the roads in Delhi."
For the first time, the city of Delhi has warned citizens to avoid highly polluted areas in the city, and has also asked people with lung related trouble to not venture outdoors at all. There will be another meeting held on 15 November 2015 to review this decision.