Delhi GRAP Stage 3: In view of increasing pollution in Delhi-NCR, the government has banned non-essential construction and demolition activities to prevent deterioration of air quality. The Centre’s air quality panel on Friday directed implementation of restrictions under the third phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi-NCR in view of the increase in 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 notches below the severe category. The sub-committee on GRAP said in a review meeting that the AQI is likely to fall in the severe category due to calm winds and stable atmospheric conditions. Therefore, the authorities in Delhi-NCR have been directed to implement the restrictions under Phase 3 of the anti-pollution plan with immediate effect.
Ban on construction and demolition in Delhi-NCR
According to GRAP, if the AQI is expected to reach the severe category, preventive action under the third phase should be initiated at least three days in advance. Restrictions under the third phase include closure of non-essential construction and demolition, stone crushers and mining activities in Delhi-NCR.
Real-time identification of sources of pollution
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said last Friday that the identification of sources of air pollution on a real-time basis has now started in the national capital. Earlier approved by the cabinet in October 2021 and set up in November 2022, the project has been started by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) in collaboration with Indian Institute of Kanpur (IIT-K), Indian Institute of Delhi (IIT-D).