People in Delhi-NCR witnessed a dense layer of fog on Friday. Despite several measures taken by the authorities to improve air quality in the region, the Air Quality Level (AQI) continues to deteriorate. According to a report, Delhi has been the most polluted city in the last five years. The National Air Quality Index of the Central Pollution Control Board showed that till 8 am on Friday, the average AQI of Delhi’s Mundka area was 500, ITO 451, Najafgarh 472, IGI Airport 500, Narela 500. Whereas in Sector-125 of Noida.
AQI has reached ‘very poor’ category at 400. The AQI was in ‘severe’ category at 483 in Sector-62, 413 in Sector-1 and 415 in Sector-116.
GRAP stage III imposed in Delhi as air quality deteriorates
Keeping in view the prevailing trend of air quality, in an effort to prevent further deterioration of the air quality, the CAQM decides that ALL actions as envisaged under stage III of the GRAP -‘Severe’ Air Quality… pic.twitter.com/AxwNVGu57r
— ANI (@ANI) November 2, 2023
Amid the increase in air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the Air Quality Panel on Thursday directed to impose restrictions under the third phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). Which includes a ban on non-essential construction and demolition work. After the CAQM meeting, the decision was taken to implement Grap-3 in the capital.
Measures taken so far to deal air pollution
GRAP stage III was imposed in Delhi as air quality deteriorates Keeping in view the prevailing trend of air quality, in an effort to prevent further deterioration of the air quality.
The air quality in Delhi remained in the very poor category on Thursday as well. Apart from Delhi, the air in Noida and Greater Noida was recorded in very poor category. With the implementation of Grap-3, all non-essential construction and demolition works have been banned. Apart from this, the use of petrol-powered BS-3 engines and diesel-powered BS-4 four-wheelers has been banned in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar. Ban on cooking with coal and wood.
Pollution-causing industrial units and thermal power plants within 300 kilometers of Delhi will be monitored and action may also be taken. There has also been a complete ban on the use of coal and wood in tandoors of hotels and restaurants. All types of construction activities will be closed except for projects of national importance.
Roads will not be cleaned with brooms. Regular spraying of water. The number of all types of public vehicles including buses will be increased. Ban on activities like stone cutting. There will be a ban on running hot mix plants and brick kilns.
Advice to state governments, classes up to fifth should be taught online.
Metro trip increased
Due to pollution in Delhi, Delhi Metro has increased its trips after the implementation of Grap-3. The DMRC has said that 20 trips have been increased in the entire network.
Special campaign for vehicles in Noida: Due to increasing pollution, Noida Police has launched a special campaign. Under this, action is being taken against 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-year-old petrol vehicles. Action is also being taken against vehicles without pollution certificate.