The action plan against Delhi’s air pollution

Source: The post is based on the article “The action plan against Delhi’s air pollution” published in The Hindu on 10th October 2022.

What is the News?

A revised action plan to fight the serious challenge of air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) has come into force after a sudden dip in air quality in the capital and its neighbouring areas.

What is the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP)?
Read here: Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP)
Have anti-pollution policies changed under the revised GRAP?

Under the revised GRAP, restrictions on polluting activities will be dependent on Air Quality Index (AQI) rather than PM2.5 and PM10 concentration.

The GRAP for Delhi-NCR is divided into four stages of air quality — Stage one for “poor” AQI ranging between 201 and 300, Stage two for “very poor” AQI of 301-400, Stage three for “severe” AQI of 401-450 and Stage four for “severe plus” AQI more than 450.

New GRAP Guidelines for AIr Pollution UPSC
Source: Times of India

Stage one: A ban on construction and demolition activities at specific sites will be implemented. Also, agencies should ensure that all solid waste is lifted from dedicated dump sites, and none is dumped on open land.

Heavy fines are to be imposed for openly burning municipal solid waste and biomass. Roads will be mechanically cleaned and water sprinkled from time to time. The ban on firecrackers should be followed as per the directions of respective courts.

New GRAP Guidelines UPSC
Source: Times of India
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