New Delhi : Pollution in the national capital has reached disastrous levels with smog enveloping the whole city . The chief minister also called on his counterparts of the neighbouring state and the Central government to come together, keeping politics aside and find a solution to the issue.
The car rationing system will be implemented in the national capital from November 13 to 17, sources. The decision has been taken in view of the prevailing air pollution in Delhi and parts of North India.
The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi Government, last year implemented the alternate day travel, for cars with odd and even number license plates.
The plan was put in place twice for 14 days each in January and April respectively, to control the deteriorating air quality in Delhi NCR. With the rise in the level of pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the decision on ‘Odd-Even’ formula will be taken soon to control the growing menace of pollution in the city.
“For a month (from mid October to mid November) the whole northern India becomes a gas chamber, not just Delhi,” the chief minister said after inaugurating 20 continuous ambient air quality monitoring station here. “Decision on Odd-Even formula will be taken by today or tomorrow, if need arises,” he added.
The Health Ministry on Wednesday issued a pollution advisory, asking citizens to drink plenty of water and to avoid areas with smoke or heavy dust, among other measures. All schools in the nation capital will remain shut till Saturday.
The Delhi Metro will also increase the frequency of trains to encourage people to use the public transport due to heightened pollution levels.
The city’s air quality worsened ahead of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground, preventing them from dispersing into the atmosphere.