The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Wednesday banned generators from October 15 to control the increasing air pollution. The ban will be in place till further order comes.
The DPCC the decision came after the capital’s air quality dropped to very poor on Tuesday for the first time this season. The government monitoring agency, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), said the air quality index was not likely to improve for the next two days.
The committee said it will be taking strict measures to deal with increasing air pollution in the city. It has asked the authorities to sprinkle water on the roads and take all possible steps possible to prevent dust pollution.
The DPCC said long-term measures should be taken for disposal of garbage so that incidents of garbage burning can be curbed. Burning of garbage plays a major role of increasing air pollution, it said.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has written to the Union power minister seeking closure of 11 thermal power stations around Delhi, which is being blamed for pollution on a large scale in the city and its neighbouring areas.
To deal with the air pollution in Delhi and NCR, 50 teams of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will be deployed to make extensive field visits from October 15 this year to February 28, 2021. These teams will visit Delhi and NCR cities, including Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut in Uttar Pradesh; Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabgarh, Jhajjar, Panipat, Sonepat in Haryana; and Bhiwadi, Alwar, Bharatpur in Rajasthan. These teams will be particularly monitoring these areas to understand where the pollution comes from.
Air pollution in Delhi and NCR normally gets worse in the months from October to February. On Wednesday, Delhi recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 282 at 5 pm. The 24-hour average AQI was 300 on Tuesday morning which comes in the category of very poor level.