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Air quality likely to turn ‘very poor’ in NCR; Centre invokes measures under GRAP ‘Stage II’

Involved over a “possible” improve in air pollution ranges within the Nationwide Capital Area, the Centre’s air high quality panel on Saturday directed authorities to extend parking charges to discourage personal transport and improve CNG or electrical bus and metro companies.

The motion comes as a part of ‘Stage II’ of the central authorities’s air pollution management plan referred to as the ‘Graded Response Action Plan’ (GRAP), which is applied within the Delhi-NCR to fight air air pollution in the course of the winter season.

At a gathering to evaluation the air high quality scenario within the Delhi-NCR, the Fee for Air High quality Administration (CAQM), a statutory physique accountable for proactively implementing GRAP, stated forecasts by the India Meteorological Division (IMD) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) counsel Delhi’s general air high quality is prone to dip and enter the ‘very poor’ class on October 23 and 24, owing to unfavourable meteorological and weather conditions.

Delhi’s 24-hour common air high quality index (AQI) stood at 248 on Saturday.

The panel due to this fact determined to invoke the measures beneath Stage II of GRAP in all the NCR along with steps already taken beneath Stage I.

“All actions as envisaged under Stage-II be implemented in right earnest by all the agencies concerned in NCR with immediate effect, in addition to all Stage-I actions of GRAP already in force,” it stated in an order.

GRAP categorises actions into 4 phases: Stage I – ‘Poor’ (AQI 201-300); Stage II – ‘Very Poor’ (AQI 301-400); Stage III – ‘Severe’ (AQI 401-450); and Stage IV – ‘Severe Plus’ (AQI >450).



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