The Environment Pollution – Prevention and Control Authority said the national capital was facing a “crisis situation”, which is likely to persist for the next few days.
EPCA chairman Bhure Lal and member Sunita Narain announced a series of measures under the Graded Response Action Plan.
The body also instructed Delhi and neighbouring states — Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana — to strengthen the public transport system by introducing more buses.
It ordered municipal bodies in the region to increase parking fees in Delhi-NCR by four times.
The body asked the Delhi-NCR governments to start preparing for measures like odd-even and ban construction activities if pollution aggravates.
The measures also include complete closure of brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers across the region till further notice.
Central Pollution Control Board member secretary A Sudhakar informed EPCA that smoke-laden air from neighbouring Punjab and Haryana and moisture-heavy winds from the eastern region had combined with local pollutants triggering the situation.
“We are not expecting a dramatic change in the next two- three days.Shallow fog is preventing the dissipation of pollutants at the ground level,” Sudhakar said.
The authorities were expecting paddy stubble burning to come down by November 10, but it is not likely to subside before November 15, he added.
As Reported by – Economictimes.indiatimes.com