Delhi-NCR Pollution: GRAP Stage III Invoked, Non-essential Construction, Industrial Work Banned

Last Update: December 30, 2022, 18:39 IST

If the AQI is expected to reach the severe category, preventive action under Stage III should be initiated at least three days in advance, according to GRAP.  (File photo/ANI)

If the AQI is expected to reach the severe category, preventive action under Stage III should be initiated at least three days in advance, according to GRAP. (File photo/ANI)

In a review meeting held today, the sub-committee on GRAP said that the AQI is likely to move into the severe category due to calm winds and stable atmospheric conditions.

As the air quality continues to deteriorate, the Centre’s air quality panel on Friday directed immediate implementation of restrictions under Phase III of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi-NCR, which includes non-essential construction And the ban on demolition is also included. work. The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of the national capital stood at 399 on Friday, just two notches below the severe category.

In a review meeting held today, the Sub-Committee on GRAP noted that AQI It is very likely to move into severe category due to calm winds and stable atmospheric conditions.

Issuing the order, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) said, “Since the AQI in Delhi is expected to fall in the ‘severe’ category due to calm wind and stable atmospheric conditions and is expected to deteriorate further, therefore, the air quality In an effort to prevent further deterioration, the sub-committee decided that all actions envisaged under GRAP’s Stage III – ‘Severe’ air quality {Delhi AQI 40 between 1-450} should be properly implemented . In addition to all action already implemented under Phase I and Phase II of GRAP, all concerned agencies will be implemented with immediate effect in the entire NCR.”

If the AQI is expected to reach the severe category, preventive action under Stage III should be initiated at least three days in advance, according to GRAP.

Restrictions under Phase III include ban on non-essential construction and demolition, closure of stone crushers and mining activities in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR).

The panel asked the authorities to further intensify the frequency of mechanized/vacuum-based cleaning of roads and ensure daily water sprinkling on roads before peak traffic hours, including hotspots, heavy traffic corridors and by appropriate means. Disposal of collected dust at designated sites/landfills.

The authorities have also been asked to further speed up public transport services and introduce differential rates to encourage off-peak travel.

Earlier in September, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced as part of this year’s winter action plan that the launch of the supersite would be one of the key components of Delhi’s fight against pollution.

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