CM @ArvindKejriwal announces 10 emergency measures to fight air pollution; long-term policy changes to follow

Delhi Cabinet decisions to tackle air pollution :

Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday morning convened an emergency meeting of the Cabinet over air pollution.

Following an elaborate discussion, the Cabinet decided several stringent measures to handle the emergency situation of air pollution in Delhi.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal announced the following major decisions finalised in the meeting :

  1. All kinds of construction and demolition prohibited for five days beginning Monday.
  2. Use of all Diesel Gen-sets prohibited for next five days beginning Monday. This however, does not apply on emergency services like hospitals and mobile towers.
  3. Badarpur Power Plant to be closed down for next 10 days beginning Monday.
  4. Water sprinkling on roads of 100-feet and above to begin from Monday, should be done by the PWD on all such roads at least once a week.
  5. Transportation of fly ash from Badarpur plant prohibited for next 10-days. Water to be sprinkled on fly ash dump at the Badarpur plant to stop the ash from spreading in the air.
  6. Strict enforcement of prohibition on burning of leaves/waste, officers to be held accountable for any lapses in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
  7. Vacuum cleaning of roads to start from November 10th.
  8. All Schools in the city (Government as well as private) to remain closed for the next three days beginning Monday.
  9. MCDs directed to ensure that fires emanating from landfill sites are immediately stopped.
  10. Concerned departments directed to start making preparations for Odd-Even Scheme.
  11. Advisories to be issued by health and environment departments.
  12.                      Environment department to launch an app immediately to enable the public to report cases of leave and garbage burning.
  13. Committee comprising of Chief Secretary and Environment Secretary to take up with the central government the possibilities of artificial rain over Delhi so that the dust settles down.

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