Carriers of toxic air, trucks can’t enter Delhi for 3 days after Diwali

The Environment Pollution (Control and Prevention) Authority have announced a ban on entry of trucks into Delhi from November 8 to 10, an emergency measure under the Graded Response Action Plan, keeping in mind high post-Diwali pollution levels.

Carriers of toxic air, trucks can’t enter Delhi for 3 days after Diwali

This was done on the recommendations of a task force led by the Central Pollution Control Board, which held a meeting to review the ambient air quality status in NCR.

“IMD informed (us) that currently air quality is in the very poor category. However, during November 8-10, the situation may worsen due to low surface winds and northwesterly winds leading to impact of stubble burning,” a CPCB official said. EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal wrote to all four NCR states, asking them to enforce the ban on entry of truck traffic into Delhi (except essential commodities) from November 8-10.

Carriers of toxic air, trucks can’t enter Delhi for 3 days after Diwali “You are requested to direct all authorities, particularly the police, to coordinate action on this, so that trucks are turned around before entering Delhi. You are also requested to put out information on this at the earliest so that transporters have notice and can plan their travel accordingly,” Lal said. The CPCB task force and, in turn EPCA, also asked authorities “to take out notices requesting people not to use diesel private cars in this period”.

The ban on the entry of trucks in Delhi was imposed for the first time from 11pm on November 9 after the pollution levels touched the “severe plus” category last year. 

According to GRAP implemented in Delhi, the ban on entry of truck in Delhi comes into force when PM2.5 levels cross 300 microgramme per cubic metre and PM10 levels rise over 500 microgramme per cubic metre, the severe-plus or emergency levels.