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National Green Tribunal bans all construction activities in Delhi till Nov. 14

Even as the weather in Delhi NCR has slightly improved, air quality index data remains in the severe category, in New Delhi on Thursday.

Even as the weather in Delhi NCR has slightly improved, air quality index data remains in the severe category, in New Delhi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

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It also asks Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to ensure that crop residue are not burnt and urges the four governments to provide enough incentives to farmers.

In a bid to control the worsening air quality in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday banned all construction activities till November 14 in Delhi and the National Capital Region.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar rapped the Delhi government and pollution control boards for inaction towards controlling the situation. It said: “All construction activity in the entire Delhi-NCR is hereby prohibited. Construction of any kind will not be carried out by any person, private or the government.

“We direct that there should be sprinkling of water wherever the PM 10 is found in excess of 600. There should be regular cleaning of the roads after sprinkling, so that the particulate matter doesn’t rise again.”

No plying of trucks with building material

The tribunal also banned the plying of trucks that carry construction material such as sand and cement within the capital.

It also asked Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to ensure that crop residue are not burnt and urged the four governments to provide enough incentives to farmers.

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