Even as Delhi haze situation slowly but surely improved on November 7, Delhi’s Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung decided to take some strict measures so as to ensure further improvement in the environment.
Jung on November 7, held a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Environment Minister Imran Hussain.
Environment situation in Delhi, despite improvement, still continues to be at “severe” in air quality level. Jung thus decided that all old diesel cars, which are older than 15 years, would be de-registered, while any use of firecracker in the city is now banned.
Meanwhile, Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave also held a meeting with the environment ministers of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and together came up with the conclusion that around 80 per cent of the problems leading to rising pollution levels in Delhi is due to local factors, while only 20 per cent is due to neighbouring states.
Looking at the situation, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has already pulled up the Delhi government for unprecedented smog levels which made the city into a virtual gas chamber.
All construction and demolition activities have also been stopped till November 11, along with coal-based thermal power plant at Badarpur, which generates fly ash, has been asked to remain shut for 10 days.