New Delhi: In an attempt to curb air pollution in the national capital, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on Tuesday night directed colleges, schools and other educational institutions to remain closed until further notice. On Wednesday, it was announced that construction will be banned in Delhi till November 21.
Delhi Environment Minister, Gopal Rai, on Wednesday, said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, they had taken emergency measures to reduce pollution in Delhi.
Further decisions taken based on directions of air quality commission
He said that construction was stopped in the national capital until November 17 as part of these measures. He added, “Today we had a meeting again and we have taken a further decision based on the direction by air quality commission.”
It must be noted that all government employees have been directed to work from home. All vehicles, apart from those involved in essential services, have been barred from entering the capital. A ban has also been put on commuting in 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol cars.
‘AAP works on ground, BJP is restless’
The minister also launched an attack on the Centre and said, “What fund are they talking about? We told them to make ground action plan instead of giving funds. ” He said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) works on ground and the same makes the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) restless.
Rai also targeted the Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav for not calling a meeting on the current pollution menace in Delhi. He added, “When will the union environment minister call us for a meeting? Why are we not being called to discuss the issue? The problem is not of farmers, the issue is of states and they need to work together. Diverting issues on farmers will not help. ”