Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Odd-even back for 5 days as Delhi chokes on smog

Odd-even back for 5 days as Delhi chokes on smog

In a letter to the PM, Amarinder has requested him to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers of the affected States along with the Union Ministers for Agriculture, Food and Environment on the issue, said a statement issued by the government Thursday.

The decision comes amid a spike in the air pollution levels.

The Delhi Government under chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had run this system twice during 2016 to battle the rising pollution levels.

The Odd-Even Scheme of using vehicles will return once again to the national capital for five days starting from November 13, 2017.

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The Delhi Transport Corporation was hiring 500 more buses through private contractors and the Delhi Metro would add 100 small buses for last mile connectivity, he said.

"No construction activity will be carried out on structures until further orders. all industrial activities in Delhi-NCR which are causing emissions will also not be allowed to carry on their functioning" till November 14, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The tribunal also banned the plying of trucks that carry construction material such as sand and cement within the capital.

However, he said that people and Government of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until a solution to crop burning is found.

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The Delhi High Court suggested cloud seeding to induce artificial rain to tackle the "emergency situation".

With unsafe "pea soup fog" engulfing the entire national Capital in a vice-like grip, the Delhi Government on Thursday announced to roll out the Odd-Even scheme from November 13 to 17 as an emergency measure.

Mr Kejriwal had earlier commented that using force would not help end the farm burning problem in Punjab and Haryana, which is choking Delhi.

With no improvement in the air quality, Delhi-NCR continued to breathe toxins for the third consecutive day, as major pollutants across all monitoring stations in the region crossed "severe" level on Thursday.

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"Other than the pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas, what has prompted us to cut the number of buses for now is the poor number of passengers who apparently are putting off their travel plans to Delhi owing to the "gas chamber effect", an official told IANS.

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