Delhi GRAP Stage 3: In view of the increase in pollution in Delhi-NCR, the government has banned non-essential construction and demolition activities to prevent deterioration of air quality. The Center’s air quality panel on Friday led the implementation of restrictions under the third phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi-NCR in view of rising air pollution. In which there will be a ban on non-essential construction and demolition work.
Delhi’s 24-hour average air quality index stood at 399 on Friday, just two points below the severe category. The GRAP subcommittee told a review meeting that the AQI is likely to fall into the severe category due to calm winds and stable weather conditions. Therefore, the Delhi-NCR authorities have been ordered to implement the restrictions of Phase 3 of the anti-pollution plan with immediate effect.
Construction and demolition ban in Delhi-NCR
According to GRAP, if the AQI is expected to reach the severe category, the third phase preventive action must be initiated at least three days in advance. The third phase restrictions include the closure of non-essential construction and demolition, stone crushing and mining activities in Delhi-NCR.
Real-time identification of pollution sources
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said last Friday that identification of air pollution sources in real time has already started in the national capital. Earlier approved by the cabinet in October 2021 and established in November 2022, the project was initiated by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Kanpur (IIT-K), the Indian Institute of Delhi (IIT-D).
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