Owing to ‘poor air quality’, emergency pollution plan launched in Delhi

New Delhi: An emergency action plan was implemented in Delhi on Monday to combat air pollution, following the past ‘air quality’ trends observed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

In past days, the air quality of national capital got worse, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR). Overall air quality index (AQI) recorded at 4 pm on Saturday reached 300 – which lies in the ‘poor’ category and is at the borderline of the more severe ‘very poor’ category. Earlier on Friday, the AQI in the national capital was recorded at 154.

Air Quality Index (AQI)

0 – 50

Good

51 – 100

Satisfactory

101 – 200

Moderate

201 – 300

Poor

301 – 400

Very Poor

401 – 500

Severe

Sunita Narain, member of the Supreme Court-appointed panel Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) said “Measures listed under Grap to fight ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ categories of air pollution will be rolled out from October 15. This will continue till March 2019.”

Action taken

  • Elaborating on the issue, Narain informed that a ban on diesel generator (DG) has been imposed in the national capital from Monday. However, the DG sets will be allowed to operate in NCR towns because it would be impractical to ban them outside the national capital, where there is still a problem of power supply, she added.
  • Construction and demolition activities were stopped on Monday in ‘Pragati Maidan Development project’.
  • Water sprinkling has been started on roads to control road dust.

In May 2018, National Capital was declared as the world’s most polluted city, by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for megacities with a population of 14 million or more.

Experts say that influential measure has already been taken by authorities to combat the air pollution in Delhi. High-tech early warning system has been installed to predict report of air quality levels, two days in advance.

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