The district magistrate of Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district has ordered stopping of construction activities and closure of air-polluting units with immediate effect.
The order by Ritu Maheshwari will remain effective till November 10 for construction work and November 30 for polluting units.
The action has been taken in compliance with the order of the National Green Tribunal and directives of the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).
Maheswari ordered stopping of the construction work on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which was being done by the NHAI, the flyovers at Rajnagar extension and Vasundhara intersection, and all developmental works of the public works department in Loni town.
Around eight units -- Continental Carbon, Vardhman thermo pack, N G textiles, Para products, Rohini chemicals, Ultima decorative panels, K R Foods, V P Traders -- have been closed till November 30 or till further orders for violating the air-pollution norms, Maheshwari added.
Brick kilns, hot mix plants, stone crusher plants have been ordered to stop work. The sprinkling of water on roads will continue till the pollution level subsides.
(With inputs from agencies.)