Haryana announces measures to curb air pollution, schools closed in 4 districts

To check the rising air pollution in the adjoining districts of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the Haryana government on Sunday issued detailed instructions for four districts – Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar.

Chief Secretary Vijay Vardhan has ordered the closure of all government and private schools till November 17, when the situation will be reviewed again.

The orders said: “With a view 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 have been advised to work from home. She goes. Vehicles older than 10/15 years (Diesel/Petrol) respectively will be strictly checked for emissions and will be confiscated accordingly.”

“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… Municipal bodies will not allow burning of waste. 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.

The directive issued to the Deputy Commissioners said: “To implement the above instructions/directives, the DCs shall constitute Joint Inspection Teams and conduct comprehensive investigation, monitoring and action against the violators as per the law/rules/directives/instructions issued from time to time.” Will ensure. Haryana.”

The guidelines will come into force with immediate effect and will be effective till November 17.
AQI in cities of Haryana from ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ 10 days after Diwali

Ten days have passed since Diwali, but the air quality in most cities of Haryana remained in the range of ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’.

When air quality was measured in 24 cities of Haryana at 4 pm on Sunday, the AQI (Air Quality Index) was found to be ‘satisfactory’ only in Panchkula and Palwal, while Mewat (Mandikheda) was in the ‘moderate’ category.

Even in cities falling in the ‘moderate’ category (101-200 AQI), people are experiencing ‘breathlessness with lung, asthma and heart diseases’. According to officials, if the AQI falls to 201-300 in the ‘poor’ category, people may experience shortness of breath after prolonged exposure. The ‘very poor’ category (AQI value of 301-400) causes respiratory illness with prolonged exposure, while the ‘severe’ air quality (401-500) affects even healthy people and those with existing illnesses. seriously affects people.

As per the AQI bulletin of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Sunday, Haryana’s Manesar, Rohtak, Panipat, Kaithal, Jind, Charkhi Dadri and Ballabgarh were found in the category of ‘very poor’ AQI while Gurgaon, Faridabad, Dharuhera, Fatehabad , Hisar, Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwani, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Narnaul, Sirsa, Sonipat and Yamunanagar were found in the category of ‘poor’ AQI.

Ahead of Diwali (November 4), the Haryana government had banned the sale and use of firecrackers in 14 NCR districts – Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Jind, Karnal, Mahendergarh, Nuh, Palwal, Panipat, Rewari . , Rohtak and Sonipat – out of total 22 districts of the state. However, when the air quality was measured on 5 November, officials found that Diwali crackers severely affected the air quality with pollution levels increasing in almost all the cities of Haryana. Jind, Gurgaon and Faridabad were then found to be the most polluted cities with an AQI of ‘poor to severe’ among 23 cities except Panchkula.