After the sudden outburst of the dire situation of pollution, the Delhi government imposed a ban and de-registration on all diesel vehicles that are more than 15 years old. The Government has phased out around 2 lakh diesel vehicles and the numbers keep climbing. Further, to curb the sudden situation, they have even imposed a ban on bursting fire crackers.
A meeting was held by the ministers of NCR states, which was presided over by the Union Environment Minister, Anil Dave. In this meeting, Punjab and Haryana looked to counter allegations by the Aam Aadmi Party that the drastic smog scenario was an output of the the farm fires in the neighbouring states.
According to a statement made by Raj Niwas, there were orders made to all the Registering Authorities and MLOs to get on with the de-registration of vehicles that are more than 15 years old. This will bring about a straight reduction of 2 lakh vehicles from the roads of Delhi, thereby reducing significant amount of pollution from the atmosphere.
As a respite, the current construction and demolition activities have been halted till the 14th of November. Moreover, the trucks and vehicles not originally destined to the city would not be allowed to enter and driven through the city roads.
The condition has now seen a little respite from the dreadful scenario since the north-northwest winds picked up. The pollution monitoring agency predicts that the easterly wind might pick up speed in a couple of days, which could further improve the quality of the air. The wind direction is a very important role, as it could even worsen the scenario if the wind starts blowing from Punjab and Haryana, which is quite unlikely.
However, despite the ban imposed by the government and the alarming level of pollution and smog could hold back the Chhath Puja revellers from bursting fire crackers early in the morning.