November 30: The Indian government proposes an emergency meeting on pollution control in the Indian capital on Tuesday, working from home for a week and working on weekends.
In addition, the Delhi government has recommended a ban on construction and industrial activities. A meeting between the federal government and representatives of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, concerned stakeholders, was ordered by the Supreme Court of India to combat Delhi’s toxic air crisis, which has led to the closure of schools.
“In today’s meeting with officials from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, we (the Delhi government) proposed to implement home-based work in the Central Capital Region (NCR),” Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai told the media. Minister Rai said that construction work should be banned and industries in the NCR should also be shut down. He said the Delhi government had proposed a lockdown over the weekend and they were ready for it. “Now it depends on the direction of the court,” he said. The Delhi government has been accusing neighboring states of burning straw in the wake of rising air pollution in the capital.
The federal government on Monday said the burning of straw had increased air pollution by four per cent. Delhi, the capital of India, is listed as one of the most polluted cities in the world. Industrial activities and excessive traffic congestion are the main causes of air pollution in the city.Xinhua / Photo: Agency