Delhi Air Pollution: WFH for Government Employees, Schools Closed – View Full Guidelines


New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday announced emergency measures to check the alarmingly rising pollution in the national capital.

After chairing a high-level meeting, the Environment Minister of Delhi issued some guidelines for strict implementation of the suggestions by the Air Quality Management Commission (ACQM).

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) had been extremely high in the recent past and there is no respite even today. According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s data as of 10 am today, the AQI was measured at 387, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category.

The guidelines issued by environment ministers are as follows:

  • All schools/colleges/institutes/training centres/libraries will remain closed till further orders.
  • Till then construction and demolition work will be completely banned. November 21, 2021,
  • 100% government employees will work from home till November 21.
  • Industry only use gas as fuel. Action will be taken against those found using polluting fuel.
  • Entry of all vehicles in Delhi will be banned. Vehicles involved in essential services will be exempted. This will be ensured by the police and the transport department. Rai also informed, “The list of diesel vehicles which are more than ten years old and petrol vehicles which are more than 15 years old has been handed over to the police by the transport department. They will initiate action on it, their movement will be stopped. Pollution control ( Under PUC) certificate checking at fuel stations will be further strengthened.
  • To increase public transport, Delhi government will hire 1000 CNG buses. The process of hiring buses will start from tomorrow.
  • A special task force of traffic police has been constituted to monitor and reduce traffic jams so as to check vehicular pollution.
  • Water machines of fire brigade will be deployed at 13 hotspots across the city to ensure more sprinkling of water. 372 water sprinkling tanks are already operational across the national capital.

The meeting was attended by officials of Environment Department, Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Police, Traffic Police, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC).