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The Indian government is planning to ban the use of private vehicles in the country capital, New Delhi from the 1st of November. The possible ban comes as a measure to curb the toxic level of air pollution the city has been facing.
According to The Economic Times, the Environmental Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has been appointed by the Supreme Court to look into the deteriorating pollution levels in the capital. These pollution levels have been worsening day-by-day already and are expected to rise further in the coming days.
The EPCA has already proposed stopping the use of diesel-powered generators, brick kilns and halt the burning of garbage between the 1st and 10th of November. Bhure Lal, Chairman, EPCA stated, "Let us hope the air pollution situation in Delhi doesn't deteriorate but if it turns out to be an emergency, we will have to stop the use of private transport."
According to the data shared by the Central Pollution Control Board, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi has reached a ‘severe' level. Parts of Delhi have recorded 469 units of poisonous particulate matter on Tuesday.
According to the AQI classification; 0 to 50 is ‘Good', 51 to 100 is ‘Satisfactory', 101 to 200 is ‘moderate', 201 to 300 is ‘Poor', 301 to 400 is ‘Very Poor' and 401 to 500 is ‘Severe'.
The state government expects the smog levels to deteriorate further, with the festival of Diwali right around the corner. People are expected to burst crackers, which will increase pollution levels further.
The smog in New Delhi is an annual affair with farmers from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana burning the crop residue, ahead of the arrival of winter. However, both states are working to reduce the crop burning while the Delhi government itself works on intensifying their efforts as well.
Thoughts On The Delhi Air Pollution
The air pollution levels in New Delhi has been deteriorating day-by-day. Just last week the AQI recorded 299.4 units of particulate matter (pm) while this week that has increased to 469 pm. The government is using every possible measure to curb pollution in the city. However, with the festival of Diwali around the corner, the levels are expected to increase during the coming days.