The Delhi government asked its employees to continue working from home till November 26 and extended the ban on the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items into the city to combat air pollution and minimise its health effects.
A senior official said the ban on construction and demolition activities in Delhi has been lifted. According to the directions of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), schools and colleges will remain closed till further orders, he said.
“Keeping in view the very poor air quality forecast and that vehicular pollution would cause extensive air pollution and release harmful air pollutants, particularly when the air quality is very poor, it is felt that there is a need for further extension of the curbs on vehicular movement in Delhi,” an order issued by the environment department said.
“Stop entry of trucks in Delhi except the trucks carrying essential commodities till November 26, subject to further review for an extension of this date,” it added. “All offices of GNCT of Delhi/autonomous bodies/corporations shall remain closed till November 26 except those involved in essential and emergency services…. However, all the officers/officials shall work from home,” the order said.
Following orders from the CAQM, the Delhi government had on Wednesday issued 10 directions, including a ban on the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items into the city and a closure of schools and colleges, till further orders. It had also banned construction and demolition activities in the city and ordered its employees to work from home till Sunday (November 21).
(with PTI inputs)