It is that time of the year again-Noida readies for GRAP from October | Noida News – Times of India

NOIDA: Mechanised sweeping, sprinkling of water, smooth flow of traffic, ban on construction activities…. The pollution department is gearing up for enforcing restrictions under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Noida from October, when the air quality starts deteriorating.

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Officials said the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in NCR had issued fresh guidelines on how to tackle bad air during the winter months. “The guideline talks about separate measures to be enforced, depending on the quality of air. We are planning accordingly to implement the measures properly,” said Praveen Kumar, UPPCB’s regional officer in Noida.
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The measures will be implemented in four stages. In the first phase, when the air quality is in the poor category, the measures would include dust mitigation, and tackling all kinds of waste from construction and demolition sites. The urban local bodies will be asked to ensure mechanised sweeping, use anti-smoke guns at construction sites and sprinkle water so that the dust settles down. There will be a blanket ban on burning of biomass and municipal solid waste in the open.
This stage will also require the traffic police to ensure smooth movement of vehicles through the corridors that are notorious for snarls. Polluting vehicles will be impounded and their owners fined.
In stage 2 – when the air quality is very poor – mechanical sweeping and water sprinkling will have to be carried out on a regular basis. There will be strict enforcement of dust control measures. Apart from the regular restrictions, there will be a ban on tandoors in hotels, restaurants and open eateries. The power department will be asked to ensure uninterrupted supply to bring down the use of generator sets.
In stage 3 – the severe category – the urban local bodies will be asked to intensify the frequency of mechanised sweeping and sprinkling of water and promote the use of public transport. There will be a strict ban on all construction activity – except for national projects like railways, metro and airports. Brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers will not be allowed to operate.
In stage 4, the severe-plus category, the entry of trucks – except those carrying essential goods – will be stopped. There will be a ban on the construction and demolition of linear projects such as highways, roads, flyovers, overbridges, pipelines, etc. The state governments will have to ensure offices work at 50% strength.