Trucks carrying non-essential items from other states will not be allowed to enter the national Capital till Sunday, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The directive came amid the worsening air pollution situation in the Delhi-National Capital Region.

Rai also said that the ban on construction activities in the city which was earlier imposed till Wednesday, has now been extended till Sunday. Schools will also remain closed till Sunday, while government employees have been asked to work from their homes.

Rai said that the Delhi government will on Thursday begin the process of hiring over 1,000 private buses that use compressed natural gas, or CNG, as fuel.

The decisions came a day after the Centre held a meeting with officials of the Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments. The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas had advised the state governments to follow a work-from-home policy, among other measures such as closing down schools and colleges.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, Rai also said that the state transport department has sent a list to the police which has details of vehicles that are over 10…

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