As an aftermath of the deteriorating air quality in Delhi, the Central Pollution Control Board has announced the rollout of an emergency pollution plan – Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), that will come into action from tomorrow.

The air quality of the national capital Delhi keeps falling each day, especially as winter approaches and to fight the uncontrolled air pollution, the Central Pollution Control Board has proposed immediate implementation of the emergency pollution plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). This will be the second time that GRAP will be implemented in the smog-ridden centre of India. The CPCR is announced that GRAP will be effective from tomorrow and pre-defined stringent actions will be implemented in accordance with the air quality of the city.

Under the emergency pollution plan, if the air quality remains between moderate to poor category, there will be ban on garbage burning in landfills and other places as well as all pollution control rules will be implemented on brick kilns and industries immediately. In case it falls down to very poor, additional and stricter rules that disallows usage of diesel generator sets, enhancing parking fees 3-4 times and increasing frequency of metro and buses would be implemented.

For severe category, even more additional measures like mechanised cleaning of roads, sprinkling of water on roads and identifying road stretches with high dust generation will be added. For severe plus air quality, immediate emergent actions will be taken – like stopping entry of trucks into Delhi (except essential commodities), construction activities and a task force will be appointed who will take strict decision on any additional steps, including shutting of schools.

Currently, the air quality of Delhi falls under worse category, so appropriate rules will be implemented from tomorrow (October 15th). However, the authorities believe that it will fall down to “very poor” in next couple of days, but it will be easy to implement GAP rules since installation of early warning system that can predict air quality levels two days prior.

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