Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai lifted the ban on the entry of trucks into the national capital. Directions for the work from home are being amended and offices have been functioning at full capacity from today. The government has also lifted the ban on construction work related to highway, road, flyovers, overbridge, pipelines, and power transmission.
Rai added that the ban on plying of BS III petrol, BS IV diesel 4-wheelers will continue under stage 3 of anti-pollution action plan. The decision was taken during a high-level meeting to discuss the new directions by the Centre's air quality panel about revoking curbs imposed under stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
Delhi was shrouded in smog as the air quality remained in the 'very poor' category with Air Quality Index at 326.
Delhi wakes up to a lingering smog covering its sky with the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) under the 'Very Poor' category, at 326
The Centre's air quality panel on Sunday had directed authorities to lift the ban on plying of non-BS VI diesel-run light motor vehicles in Delhi-NCR and entry of trucks into the capital imposed under the GRAP final stage.
The GRAP classifies the air quality in Delhi-NCR under four different stages: Stage 1 - 'poor' (AQI 201-300); stage 2 - 'very poor' (AQI 301-400); stage 3 - 'severe' (AQI 401-450); and stage 4 - 'severe plus' (AQI >450).