Entry of trucks banned in Delhi as air quality plunges to ‘severe-plus emergency’ category

New Delhi: It was a foggy morning in the national capital on Friday as the air quality remained at “severe” levels with the minimum temperature recorded at 11 degrees Celsius. Smoke mixed with mist and fog persisted in the city even after sunrise as the wind was calm, said a MeT department official.

As Delhi’s air quality worsened to the “severe-plus emergency” category following Diwali, entry of heavy and medium goods vehicles into the national capital is banned for three days which began at 11 pm on Thursday night.

As per the notification, entry of heavy and medium goods vehicles into the national capital will be banned from 11 pm of November 8 to 11 pm of November 11, Special Commissioner of Transport department KK Dahiya said.

The Transport department of the Delhi government has issued a notification regarding the ban. It has also appealed to private diesel vehicle owners to avoid using their vehicles during the period.

“The notification has been issued to comply with the direction of the Environmental Pollution Control Agency (EPCA) and the Traffic Police and municipal corporations have been directed to enforce the ban,” he said. Vehicles carrying food items like vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, egg, ice, and tankers carrying petroleum products will be exempted, said Dahiya.

Joint Commissioner (Traffic) of Police Alok Kumar said adequate deployment of police personnel has been done at all border entry points to enforce the ban. “Support from police of neighbouring districts of Delhi-NCR has also been sought to ensure smooth and hassle-free movement for other motorists during this period,” he said.

Vehicles which need to reach other destinations are being suggested to take the Eastern Peripheral Expressway instead of entering Delhi, Kumar said.

A senior official of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said as per instructions issued by the EPCA, the ban on entry of trucks carrying non-essential commodities will be strictly enforced.

Over 50,000 goods carriers enter Delhi mostly through 13 toll points managed by the civic body. Besides, there are also several less-used entry points from neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, he said.

(With inputs from Agencies)