As Delhi wakes and sleeps in the blanket of smog since the last one week, people have now resorted to go for a vacation to breathe a sigh of relief. With an escalation in pollution levels in the national capital, many tourists have cancelled their plans to visit while Delhiites have packed their bags to visit hill stations.
In a conversation with ANI, a tourist said, “I had been to Delhi last week and the smog was not just noticeable but has also caused me a sore throat.” While another tourist talking about her cancelled trip said that she intended to visit Delhi but changed her route to got to Dharmshala observing the deteriorating air quality.
On the other hand, a Delhiite said that because of the choking situation in the Capital, they had moved out of it for a couple of days.
In line with the order of the city administration, construction and demolition activities at Delhi Metro sites and areas under the jurisdiction of municipal corporations have been suspended for this week with immediate effect to improve the air quality.
“Excavation, backfilling works have been be suspended for five days. Dry dismantling of concrete and bricks, which are likely to cause dust pollution and dry stone cutting will be suspended too,” a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said.
“Water is being sprinkled regularly to avoid soil erosion and dust pollution. The muck generated from excavation is disposed of at designated areas using dumpers with tarpaulin cover on top. Wheels of trucks exiting construction sites are thoroughly washed before they enter public roads. To prevent land and water contamination, hazardous liquid wastes such as used oil and chemicals are disposed of only through government-approved recyclers of such waste,” said DMRC