New Delhi, November 2: With Delhi's air quality remaining in "very poor" category, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a major measure to prevent further aggravation of the air pollution crisis. The Delhi government headed by him imposed a ban on manufacturing activity in new industrial areas of the national capital.

The move is aimed at curbing the release of pollutants in the air, at a time when a spurt in stubble burnings in neighbouring states has already worsened Delhi's air quality index. Delhi Air Pollution: AQI in National Capital Remains 'Very Poor' for Third Consecutive Day.

"No manufacturing activity will be allowed in any new industrial area in Delhi; only hi-tech and service industries will be permitted," Kejriwal said. The move comes at a time when the economy of Delhi was already battered due to months of COVID-19-induced lockdown and curbs.

Update by ANI

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Stubble burning contributed to 40 percent of Delhi's total air pollution on Sunday. The phenomenon, which recurs annually during autumn and early winter months, is triggered by the burning of crop residue by farmers in neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.

Apart from restrictions on industrial activities, the Delhi government would also regulate the use of firecrackers during the festival of Diwali. In the past week, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that only 'green' firecrackers can be manufactured, sold and used in the national capital.

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