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     New Delhi, November 03, 2022: Air quality of the national capital has reached worrisome level as severe air pollution engulfed Delhi and NCR area forcing the administration to order ban on plying of diesel-run LMVs and entry of trucks.

     The air quality index of the Capital has reached to the edge of severe plus due to farm fires and stagnant atmospheric conditions, forcing the administration to invoke the final stage of anti-pollution curbs, including a ban on diesel-run light motor vehicles.

       The state government is contemplating various measures including a call to close the educational institutions, non-emergency commercial activities and plying of vehicles on odd-even basis.

     Meanwhile, the state government has decided to deploy more than 100 transport department teams to ensure trucks do not enter Delhi.

     With Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) a notch short of entering the “severe plus” category, a central panel directed authorities to ban plying of four-wheeled diesel light motor vehicles in the city and the adjoining NCR districts and the entry of trucks into the capital as part of the anti-pollution measures under the final stage of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), various media reports said.

     However, BS-VI vehicles and those used for essential and emergency services have been exempted, the reports added.

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