Delhi bans medium, heavy vehicles for three days


08 Nov 2018

#DelhiPollution: Ban on medium/heavy vehicles entering city, till Nov 11

With Delhi choking on smog and worsening air pollution, the Delhi Police, on the instructions of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), has issued a ban on all heavy and medium vehicles entering the city from Thursday night, starting 11pm.

The ban will remain effective till November 11, according to a statement by the Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic.

Here are the details.

Essential goods are exempted from the ban

Air pollution

Delhi is choking under a blanket of smog

Delhi is choking under a blanket of smog

Air quality had already been oscillating between 'poor' and 'sever plus emergency level' since the beginning of November.

To add to Delhi's woes, Diwali celebrations worsened the air pollution, and the air quality index (AQI) post-Diwali hit 999 in many parts of the city, several times higher in magnitude than even the 'hazardous' category.

With the onset of winter, it's expected to get worse.

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Earlier bans

Bans on entry of vehicles isn't uncommon for Delhi

Bans on entry of heavy and medium vehicles is nothing new for Delhi, though.

In both 2016 and 2017, a ban was issued on the entry of tempos, trucks, and lorries from 11pm to 7am.

The rationale behind the bans was to prevent the accumulation of PM2.5 particles during night time, when temperatures are low and air movement is minimal.

Other measures

Separately, the odd-even policy could make a comeback

Separately, the odd-even policy could make a comeback

The three-day ban on the entry of heavy and medium vehicles apart, the Delhi government is also mulling re-introducing its controversial odd-even vehicle policy to control pollution.

Earlier, the government had issued temporary bans on polluting construction activities, and had advised the use of only public transport.

Additionally, given air quality levels, the government has also advised people, especially children, to wear pollution face-masks.

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