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Delhi government extends ban on entry of trucks

Delhi government extends ban on entry of trucks

To control air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi government took certain measures. Earlier, it banned the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items into the city from November 18 till the 21st. However, yesterday, it extended the ban on the entry of trucks till November 26. The government also asked all employees, except those involved in essential services, to work from home till the said date.

The Kejriwal-led government issued an order yesterday saying that all government offices (except those involved in essential services) shall remain closed till 26 November. It also asked all private offices to allow their employees to work from home till the said date to minimize the air pollution and its impacts on the health of Delhiites.

The Delhi government also banned construction and demolition activities in the city earlier. However, this order eased the restrictions on construction-related activities. All schools and colleges also remain shut in the national capital till further orders as per the Directorate of Education.

As the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) advised the government to control air pollution in Delhi, it took the above measures. The air quality in the national capital was very poor. Vehicular pollution and construction-related activities are the leading causes of this. Hence, the government banned the entry of all trucks except those carrying essential commodities.

The government also initiated Paryawaran Sewa, under which it hired nearly 550 buses to help people opt for public transport. As the air pollution is increasing in the city, the government wants to cut the use of private vehicles and make people switch to public transport.

While the government planned to hire around 1,000 CNG buses from private operators, the government hired 550 buses initially to ply on various routes from today. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) also operates over 7,000 buses in Delhi to meet the demands of Delhiites.

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