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Delhi air quality index deteriorates, emergency plan to be implemented

The emergency plan, called GRAP, was approved by the Supreme Court in 2016. It is enforced when the air quality changes from "poor" to "very poor." The plan also requires residents to follow certain guidelines.

October 06, 2022 / 03:51 PM IST

After a review that showed that the air quality in Delhi was in the poor category, statutory directions for the implementation of the revised schedule of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) were issued.

Fill this part: An Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 201-300 is supposed to be poor. The AQI reading of Delhi  on Wednesday was 211 . The index rankings range from good to severe(401-500) .The AQI is maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB .

The GRAP only functions as an emergency plan. It was approved by the Supreme Court (SC) in 2016. The plan is gradual, and the action plans stated in its sections are enforced when the air quality changes from "poor" to "very poor."

Thirteen agencies across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan are required to implement the strategy in NCR areas. The SC-ordered Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) is at the head of the table.

A meeting was held to invoke the GRAP on Wednesday, under which the air quality was comprehensively reviewed. The forecast for meteorological conditions and AQI were made by the Indian Meterological Department and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.

The sudden dip in air quality parameters in the last 24 hours in the region is likely to be a localised influence and the forecasts do not predict any further deterioration, a ruling by the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and adjoining areas stated.

Efforts are being made to maintain the AQI in the moderate category. The sub-committee has decided that the Stage I of the GRAP -Poor

Air Quality (DELHI AQI ranging between 201 and 300), be implemented.

Guidelines for residents

NCR residents have been urged to comply with the following guidelines of GRAP.

The GRAP states that residents follow the pollution under control (PUC) norms strictly. Residents should not be using vehicles with ' visible emissions' as GRAP guidelines state that such vehicles will be penalised heavily or impounded.

Residents of Delhi NCR have been asked to comply with courts/tribunal orders regarding the ban on firecrackers and to seek a quick redressal of pollution-related complaints on 311 APP, Green Delhi App, SAMEER App and other such social media platforms to curb polluting activities.
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first published: Oct 6, 2022 03:50 pm