Delhi government has banned people coming from other states from November 1. diesel buses Has been banned. This restriction will be applicable on buses coming from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Rajasthan and Punjab. Only those diesel buses which are of BS6 category will be allowed to enter Delhi. Apart from this, entry of CNG and electric buses will also remain.
Steps taken to improve the deteriorating air quality in Delhi
In response to the deteriorating air quality in Delhi, Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced on 30 October that, from 1 November, diesel buses coming from other states would be barred from entering Delhi-NCR. According to an ANI report, Rai said that the Delhi government is actively implementing its winter action plan, emphasizing the importance of the next 15 days.
AQI is continuously deteriorating
Notably, the average air quality index (AQI) has improved from 397 on October 29 last year to 325 recently. The government is committed to further increase it. Industrial units in Delhi have transitioned to clean natural gas, and dedicated teams are monitoring the use of the polluted fuel. The “Red Light On, Vehicle Off” initiative is voluntary, in which Delhiites have been appealed to switch off their vehicle engines at red signals. Rai highlighted that all diesel buses coming from outside Delhi-NCR will shift to alternative fuel sources, which is an important step to tackle pollution. Earlier, Rai had called on the Central government to impose a strict ban on substandard diesel buses and ban BS III and BS IV buses in the NCR regions of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
This ban will reduce air pollution in Delhi by 10%
The aim of this ban is to reduce air pollution in Delhi. Air pollution is a serious problem in Delhi, and diesel vehicles are a major cause of this problem. Diesel buses produce large amounts of pollutants, which deteriorate air quality. Delhi government says that this ban will play an important role in reducing air pollution in Delhi. The government estimates that this ban will reduce air pollution in Delhi by 10%.
The transport industry has protested against this ban
The transport industry has protested against this ban. The transport industry says that this ban will increase the cost of operating buses. The transport industry says that the price of BS6 diesel buses is higher than BS4 diesel buses. Additionally, BS6 diesel buses require more fuel to run.
BS4 diesel buses allowed to enter Delhi
The Delhi government has given some relaxation in view of the opposition from the transport industry. The government has said that BS4 diesel buses will be allowed to enter Delhi, but they will have to pay a fee. This fee will be used to reduce air pollution in Delhi.