Delhi-NCR's dirty fuel industries will remain closed until November 8: EPCA

NEW DELHI: The EPCA, ordered by the Supreme Court, said Monday that dirty fuel-based industries in Delhi and its suburbs will remain closed until the morning of November 8.

The Authority (of Prevention and Control) also extended the ban on hot mix plants and stone crushers in Delhi-NCR until November 8.

The decision was close to the ban on construction and demolition activities in the region until further orders.

In a letter addressed to the main secretaries of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, the head of EPCA, Bhure Lal, said that all coal and other fuel-based industries, which have not been switched to natural gas or agricultural waste, will remain closed in Faridabad. , Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi, Greater Noida, Sonepat, Panipat until the morning of November 8.

In Delhi, industries that have not yet changed will not operate during the period. On Friday, EPCA declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned construction activity until November 5.

He had also imposed a complete ban on cookie pops during the winter season.

According to the Department of Meteorology, we expect better weather conditions in the coming days, including stronger winds and better ventilation, which should improve air quality, Bhure Lal said.

He reiterated the urgent need to control local sources of pollution, from burning garbage to construction dust and waste disposal.

These measures will greatly help reduce local pollution and help us mitigate air pollution throughout the region, he said.

Although pollution levels improved on Monday, it still remained in the very poor category.

The Monday afternoon air quality index said 407, a day after pollution levels reached a maximum of three years of 494. It improved to 370 at night, which falls into the very poor category.

The increase in wind speed reduced the harmful mist that obscured the skies of Delhi for about a week.