New Delhi: CNG and electric vehicles carrying non-essential commodities from other states can roll into Delhi from today (November 27). However, the entry of all petrol and diesel-run vehicles engaged in transporting non-essential items is still banned in order to improve the quality of air in the city.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, following orders from the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), had issued a number of directions, including a ban on the entry of trucks except those transporting essential items, and closure of schools, colleges and other educational institutions and ban on construction work, to arrest air pollution in the city.
As a part of its phase-wise lifting of air pollution-induced curbs, the government has allowed the entry of CNG and electric trucks into the city from today (November 27), and all petrol and diesel transport vehicles will remain banned until December 3, according to Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.
No ban on entry of private vehicles
It may be noted that there is no restriction on the entry of private vehicles and trucks transporting essential goods. This has been clarified by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot.
“This is to clarify that there will be no ban on the entry of any private owned vehicles in Delhi. However, restrictions apply to entry of trucks carrying non-essential goods,” tweeted Gahlot.
Government offices and all schools, colleges and other educational institutions will reopen on November 29. Earlier, the ban on construction work in the national capital was lifted, but the Supreme Court re-imposed it on Wednesday. The apex court directed the government to pay minimum wages to all workers disengaged due to the construction ban and asked the CQAM to “commission a scientific study of air quality based on available data of previous years bearing upon recorded levels of air pollution”.
Meanwhile, the quality of air in the national capital deteriorated once again, due to unfavourable meteorological conditions, including slow wind speed and low temperature. The city’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 406 at 4 pm on Friday against the figure of 400 on Thursday evening.