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Delhi pollution: Entry of non-essential trucks, cars from Noida banned, overall AQI ‘very poor’ in National Capital

New Delhi: Air quality continues to dip in Delhi-NCR. Air Quality Index (AQI) presently at 349 in Noida (UP) in 'Very Poor' category, 304 in Gurugram (Haryana) in 'Very Poor' category. Delhi's overall AQI currently in 'Very Poor' category at 339. The entry of non-essential trucks, cars has been banned from Noida amid rising air pollution in Delhi.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The situation of pollution in Delhi-NCR remains serious. Air quality continues to dip in Delhi-NCR. Air Quality Index (AQI) presently at 349 in Noida (UP) in ‘Very Poor’ category, 304 in Gurugram (Haryana) in ‘Very Poor’ category. Delhi’s overall AQI currently in ‘Very Poor’ category at 339.

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The entry of non-essential trucks, cars has been banned from Noida amid rising air pollution in Delhi. According to the advisory of Noida Traffic Police, certain categories of vehicles will be banned from going to Delhi via DND, Chilla Border and Kalindi Kunj and their routes have been changed.

According to the advisory, there will be a ban on the movement of light four wheelers of BS-3 model petrol and BS-4 model diesel from Noida to Delhi. Similarly, the entry of vehicles of this category, except trucks carrying essential goods and services or running on CNG and electric fuel, will be prohibited from entering Delhi.

Similarly, medium-sized cargo vehicles running on diesel and vehicles carrying heavy goods will also be banned from going to Delhi. However, such vehicles with essential services have been exempted. In the advisory, such vehicles have been advised to travel to their destinations via Yamuna Expressway or Eastern Peripheral Expressway via Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.

As per the advisory, as an alternate route, all these vehicles can use Yamuna Expressway or Eastern Peripheral Expressway via Noida-Greater Noida Expressway to reach their destination. In case of traffic inconvenience you can contact the traffic helpline number 9971009001. The air quality of the national capital and its surrounding area is currently in the severe category.

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People living in Delhi-NCR are complaining of suffocation and burning in eyes due to smog and air pollution. Earlier, the Commission for Air Quality Management stopped the entry of truck traffic into Delhi (except for trucks carrying essential commodities/ providing essential services and all CNG/electric trucks).

The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas further ordered the implementation of GRAP-4 in Delhi-NCR. On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann held a press conference and urged the central government to come forward and lead measures to check severe smog in the national capital region.

Kejriwal and Mann said that the AAP governments are in Punjab and Delhi. This is not the time to raise fingers or abuse each other. If they say, Kejriwal is responsible and we say they are responsible, this will not solve the problem of smog in NCR, they added.

“We do not want to play blame game, we are responsible (for smog in NCR)”, they added. CM Kejriwal announced that primary schools in Delhi would be closed from November 5.Besides, the outdoor activity of students of the above fifth standard has been banned.

The Delhi government is also mulling implementing the odd-even norms for plying of vehicles in Delhi to contain the pollution caused by vehicular emission, he added.

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