The body has also suggested that private diesel cars should not be driven during the period in view of the forecast for worsening air pollution
The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority for the National Capital Region (NCR) or EPCA, has issued fresh directions on the eve of Diwali, which include a ban on trucks entering the region after the festival.
In its letters sent to the state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, EPCA has again reiterated that the air quality forecast for the post-Diwali period (November 8-10) could see a sharp deterioration because of low dispersion and winds from the northwest, which will bring emissions to Delhi-NCR.
“The predominant wind direction is likely to remain North-westerly from November 7 to November 8, with calm winds on November 8. Shallow fog and mist (in the morning) and haze during daytime is expected on November 7 and 8,” the EPCA directive, which has been accessed by Down To Earth, reads.
The body also directed state governments in the NCR to stop the entry of trucks coming into the capital city. “You are requested to direct all authorities, particularly the police to coordinate action on this so that trucks are turned around before entry into Delhi,” the letter says.
The letter also calls for users of private diesel cars to refrain from using them. “You are also requested to take out notices requesting people not to use diesel private cars in this period.” Diesel emissions are extremely toxic and add to the severity of air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
It is also worth noting that post-Diwali, the air quality is likely to worsen due to fire crackers despite a Supreme Court ban on them.
(With inputs from Polash Mukerjee)
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