In wake of rising pollution levels in Delhi, EPCA on Wednesday announced ‘severe plus’ or emergency conditions along with a number of immediate measures. The EPCA banned civil construction, demolition activities and entry of trucks (apart from those carrying essential commodities) into the national capital.
The smog, which caused near zero visibility at many places and pile-ups on highways have triggered the EPCA decision. In its health advisory, the government said people should stay indoors as much as possible as the “smog is poisonous” and may create many health hazards like asthma attacks and other breathing complications. The metro and Delhi Transport Corporation has already announced decisions to augment services by pressing more trains and buses into service, in a bid to reduce dependence on private vehicles.