Delhi air pollution brings back Odd-Even scheme from November 13

Delhi-NCR wakes up to a blanket of smoke crop burning makes air quality alarming

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"So Mr. Kejriwal doesn't understand this problem", Amarinder Singh said.

In the wake of the air pollution conditions, the Delhi government has instructed schools to be closed, municipalities to increase auto parking rates, and the DMRC to increase the frequency of Metro services.

The Delhi government is set to implement the third phase of odd-even traffic rule from November 13 to 17, as the national capital faces an environmental emergency, state Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Thursday.

He added that there would be as many as 500 more public buses on the roads to cater to the demand.

Increasing the parking fees by four times is among the many measures listed under the graded response action plan to tackle the severe air pollution problem.

The implementation of the vehicle rationing system in the national capital will be implemented from November 13 till November 17.

The tribunal also banned the plying of trucks that carry construction material such as sand and cement within the capital. "If everyone, central govt, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana government, come together and put aside politics a solution can be found", he added.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, the National Human Rights Commission said it was apparent that the authorities had not taken the adequate measures throughout the year and it amounted to the violation of the Right to Life and Health of the NCR residents. "Unless the governments there don't find economically viable alternatives, this won't stop", said the Chief Minister after inaugurating air quality monitoring stations in Delhi.

The statement quoted Amarinder as saying: "Most of north India, including the national capital New Delhi, is now in the throes of a pollution crisis, induced largely by burning of paddy straw in the paddy-growing areas of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh". Teams of the Delhi Police, Transport Department and sub-divisional magistrates will be deployed to ensure strict implementation of the car-rationing scheme. The announcement has been made owing to the debilitating smog in the Delhi-NCR region.

Some buses to Noida, Ghaziabad and Agra have also been cancelled for the time being.

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