Delhi pollution: Haryana shuts schools in four districts, imposes other restrictions

The Haryana government on Sunday issued detailed instructions to check air pollution in the adjoining districts of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, including Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar. According to the order, Chief Secretary Vijay Vardhan has asked all government and private schools to remain closed till November 17, till then the situation will be reviewed.

Additionally, all government and private offices have been asked to shift to work-from-home mode. “With an aim to reduce 30 per cent plying of vehicles on roads, which will affect vehicular emissions and also reduce dust in the air, all government and private offices are advised to work from home. Vehicles older than 10/15 years (Diesel/Petrol) respectively shall be strictly screened with respect to emissions and seized accordingly,” it said.

“There will be a complete ban on all types of construction and development activities. Mechanized stone crushers and hot mix plants used in construction activities will remain closed.

“Burning of garbage by municipal bodies will not be allowed. There will be a ban on burning of stubble. Manual cleaning of roads will not be allowed. Water will be sprinkled on the roads to control dust pollution.

In addition, the Deputy Commissioners have been tasked to constitute teams to oversee the implementation of the guidelines. “To implement the above instructions/directives, the DCs shall constitute Joint Inspection Teams and ensure comprehensive investigation, monitoring and action against the violators as per the law/rules/instructions/instructions issued by the Government of Haryana from time to time.”

The guidelines will come into force with immediate effect and will remain in force till November 17.