The Delhi government, on Thursday, announced a ban on entry of medium and heavy vehicles in the National Capital from October 1 to February 28 next year. The decision has been taken to keep a check on pollution levels in the city during winter.
The Delhi government had also written on June 15 to its neighbouring states, including Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, urging them to allow only BS VI-compliant buses to enter the city from October 1 in order to help control air pollution.
The letter written by Special Commissioner, Transport, OP Mishra, said the situation of air pollution in the National Capital has attracted the attention of the Supreme Court and the CAQM (Commission of Air Quality Management in Delhi and NCR), both of which have issued directions for effective regulation of air pollution and vehicular pollution.
Every year, the capital city witnesses high levels of air pollution in the winter months from October due to a multitude of factors, including stubble burning and vehicular traffic leading to breathing and other problems.