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Delhi govt to submit a draft on lockdown to SC today about air pollution

Delhi govt to submit a draft on lockdown to SC today about air pollution

The Delhi Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government will submit a proposal to impose a lockdown and its system to the Supreme Court on Monday, given the rising air pollution in the national city.

It comes days after SC asked the city and central governments to take immediate steps to improve air quality in Delhi and suggested taking measures such as stopping vehicles and securing a lockdown in the national city.

With the arrival of winters, Delhi's air quality plunges to hazardous levels every year due to stubble burnings, emissions from transport, coal-fired plants outside the city, and other industries, as well as open garbage burning and dust.

This year, according to federal pollution control board data, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in and around the city has worsened to 470-499 on a scale of 500. That pollution level means the air will seriously impact people with existing diseases and even those who have healthier lungs.

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With the situation continuing to remain grim, the AAP government ordered the closure of schools till 20th November and asked all government offices in Delhi to work from home, starting from Monday. It has also banned construction activities till 17th November.

Gopal Rai, Delhi's environment minister, said on Sunday as the department issued a notification for effective implementation of the emergency measures.

"In the order issued on Saturday night by the department, we have clarified that educational institutions or schools where exams are already being operate will remain open. All other schools and educational institutions will be closed till 20th November,"

The AAP government has also suggested shutting down diesel generator sets and coal kilns in Delhi, increasing parking fees, increasing the frequency of metro and bus, etc., to mitigate the pollution.

Rai also said that the main motive behind all these emergency measures is to reduce vehicular and dust pollution in the city.

Meanwhile, under the containing measures, 400 tankers will be sprinkling water to settle the dust in the city. The government will complete spraying bio-decomposer solutions for stubble decomposition in 4,000 acres of fields by 20th November.

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