New Delhi: The ban on the entry of trucks in the national capital has been extended till further orders due to fluctuating levels of air pollution, a senior Delhi government official said. The ban on the entry of trucks in Delhi was imposed from 11 PM on November 9 after the pollution levels touched ‘severe plus’ category. The ban expired at 11 PM on November 12. “The air pollution level kept fluctuating even after the prescribed period of ban on trucks. It has been extended till further orders and a notification to this effect has also been issued,” the official said.
The notification has asked the Delhi Traffic Police and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi to prohibit the entry of heavy and medium goods vehicles, except those carrying essential commodities, in the national capital.
As per the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) implemented in Delhi, the ban on entry of truck in Delhi comes into force when PM2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter) levels cross 300 micrograms per cubic metre and PM10 (particulate matter 10 micrometres or less in diameter) levels rise over 500 micrograms per cubic metre.