All 15-year-old diesel vehicles will be de-registered and temporary ban on construction activities has been extended till November 14 by lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung on Monday as the Delhi faced worst pollution levels in the last 20 years.
The announcements were made after a meeting held between Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, bureaucrats of pollution board and environment experts on the day pollution level started lowering after flow of wind.
The smog which blanketed the city which caused low visibility, and several complaints of breathing suffocation, burning-eyes and throat choke forced the government to take urgent measures, though environmentalists said these were too little, too late.
Though the winds blew away a major thick cover of hazardous haze that blanketed the city for nearly a week-post Diwali, the pollution monitoring agency SAFAR said that level of PM 2.5 remained in severe category measuring 622 micrograms per cubic meter. The level is around 30 times more then mean guideline of 25 micrograms per cubic metre set by WHO.