- UP Chief Minister instructs his state officials to take these measures in NCR to fight air pollution
- Air Quality Index showed an Air Quality of 369, very poor, in Delhi
- On Monday, Supreme Court also suggested certain steps to fight air pollution in Delhi-NCR
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, has directed the officials from his state to have planned efforts to combat pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR). CM Yogi has asked the officials to encourage people to use public transport instead of private vehicles.
Farmers should be contacted not to burn stubble, he said as per the chief minister’s office.
The Air Quality in the Delhi-NCR region deteriorated as the Air Quality Index (AQI) plummeted to “Very Poor” category. On Tuesday, the air quality of the national capital remained in the “very poor” category, with the AQI of 396.
The AQI in neighbouring cities did not reflect well either. Ghaziabad had an AQI of 349, Greater Noida of 359, Gurgaon of 363 and Noida of 382.
CM Adityanath’s instructions come just two days after the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) advised the state to ban the construction activities and shut schools as announced by Delhi.
On Sunday, the Commission had said, “While soliciting views from the State Governments of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (U.P.), the Commission advised the concerned departments to consider similar restrictions/ regulations in the respective NCR districts as implemented by GNCTD (Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi) which includes closure of schools up to 20th November, 2021 and closure of C&D activities from 14th – 17th November”.
The Supreme Court, too, has taken notice of poor air quality in the national capital region and recently asked the Centre to consider lockdown.
SC asked the Central Government, “Tell us how we can reduce AQI from 500 at least by 200 points. Take some urgent measures. Can you think of two days lockdown or something? How can people live?”