Emergency Plan To Tackle Delhi Air Pollution Kicks In From Today

| October 15 , 2018 , 09:27 IST

Air pollution and smog create trouble every year for the national capital of Delhi, especially in the winter months. To tackle air pollution that has begun showing a trend towards poor category, an emergency action plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will be implemented in Delhi from Monday, the Central Pollution Control Board said.

As per the GRAP, stringent actions will be implemented based on the prevailing air quality of the city, officials said.

If the air quality falls between the 'moderate to poor' category, measures would be implemented such as stopping garbage burning in landfills and other places, and enforcing pollution control regulations in brick kilns and industries.

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If the air quality falls in the category of 'very poor', additional measures would be implemented such as stopping use of diesel generator sets, enhancing parking fees by 3-4 times, and increasing frequency of metro and buses.

If the air quality reaches the 'severe' category, additional measures implemented would include increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads, sprinkling of water on roads and identifying road stretches which have high dust generation levels.

If the air quality falls to the category of 'severe plus emergency', then the measures implemented would include stopping entry of trucks into Delhi (excepting those carrying essential commodities), stopping construction activities and appointment of a task force to decide on additional steps such as shutting schools.

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Apart from the GRAP, the Central Pollution Control Board has deployed 41 teams across the Delhi NCR region to monitor proper implementation of the guidelines to prevent pollution directly from the source.

Among the leading causes of air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region is the burning of crop residue every year in Punjab and Haryana during October and November as the smoke travels to the national capital and mixes with fog to create toxic smog.

Based on satellite images, NASA has stated that burning of crop residue has increased significantly in the past 10 days in Punjab and Haryana, especially near Amritsar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa and Hisar.