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CM Kejriwal led Delhi govt bans construction work, blames UP diesel buses for pollution

New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday announced that the Aam Aadmi Party government has banned construction and demolition activities in the national capital. He said that an order was given in this regard by the Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM), which has been decided to be implemented.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday announced that the Aam Aadmi Party government has banned construction and demolition activities in the national capital. He said that an order was given in this regard by the Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM), which has been decided to be implemented.

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In a press conference Gopal Rai said that according to weather experts, the wind speed will be 4-5 kmph from November 1 and it has been predicted that the Air Quality Index (AQI) may cross 400 (severe). We held meeting with all construction authorities PWD, MCD, Railways, DDA and Delhi Pollution Control Committee today decided to implement the order of CAQM.

Rai chaired a high level meeting to discuss the measures to be implemented under Phase III of GRAP. Rai also said that the government has put in place a robust monitoring system to monitor the implementation. He said that 586 teams have been formed which include officers of various departments. These teams will oversee the implementation of the ban on construction and demolition activities.

Rai said the construction ban would not apply to other projects including national security, defence, railways and metro rail. He said that under Phase III, officials have been asked to impose strict restrictions on construction and demolition activities in the NCR, except for essential projects and non-polluting activities such as plumbing, carpentry, interior decoration and electrical works.

The move is likely to impact housing projects in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and other areas. Mining activities will not be allowed in the area. At the same time, Rai also urged the Yogi Adityanath administration to run CNG buses in Delhi-NCR, blaming Uttar Pradesh’s diesel buses for the increasing pollution in Delhi.

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Let us inform that the air quality of ‘Very Poor’ category was recorded in Delhi on Sunday morning. Forecasters said slower wind speeds and increased stubble burning could push the air quality into the ‘severe’ zone.

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 367 at 9 am. The 24-hour average AQI on Saturday was 397, the worst since January. It was 354 on Thursday, 271 on Wednesday, 302 on Tuesday and 312 on Monday (Diwali).

Anand Vihar (AQI 468) remained the most polluted place in the capital. Wazirpur (412), Vivek Vihar (423) and Jahangirpuri (407) were among the monitoring stations that recorded “severe” air quality.

SAFAR, a forecasting agency under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences, said the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution rose to 21 per cent on Saturday, the highest so far this year.

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