New Delhi, November 15: In the wake of deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR, the Delhi government is considering to ban all non-CNG private vehicles. However, the survey conducted by TERI on Delhi’s air quality revealed that non-CNG private vehicles contribute only 3 percent to the air pollution, while trucks of all categories contribute 10 percent to the suspended particulate matter, which the highest across all vehicles. Meanwhile, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to either impose a complete ban on non-CNG private vehicles, or at least implement the odd-even scheme if air pollution levels rise again in Delhi.
Earlier, the EPCA banned the entry of trucks into the city between November 8 and November 10 and also has extended the ban on industries using coal and biomass including brick kilns, which was extended till November 12. However, the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA lifted the ban on the entry of heavy vehicles into Delhi on November 13.
Meanwhile, even on today, the air quality in Delhi shows no sign of improvement, thus causing extreme inconvenience to people living there. According to an ANI update, the Air Quality Index (AQI), at Lodhi Road is at PM 10 level at 202 and PM 2.5 level at 209, both in 'Poor' category. In several areas, thick haze has engulfed the city, with AQI under severe category in several areas. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.