The Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region has been prompted to take measures under Stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan again after Delhi’s air quality dipped to a’severe’ level with AQI around 407 for the first time in a month on Sunday. As actions under stages, I and II of the plan continue, now some more activities will be affected following the implementation of the third stage of the anti-air pollution plan.
A glance at what is prohibited under GRAP stage III:
This action plan prohibits all private construction activity. Except for projects related to rail services or rail operations, metro projects, airport projects, ISBT projects, projects related to national security or defense, projects of national importance, and healthcare facilities, demolition activities are also prohibited. During this time, sanitation projects, highways, roads, flyovers, over bridges, power transmission, and pipeline laying are also permitted.
Brick kilns and hot mix facilities that do not use clean fuels are likewise barred from engaging in any pollution-reduction initiatives. Furthermore, all mining and mining-related activities are prohibited. Industrial operations involving milk and dairy units, as well as those involved in the production of life-saving medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and so on, are exempt from such restrictions.
During this time, no road construction or repair work is permitted, including the paving of sidewalks, pathways, and central verges. However, construction projects involving plumbing, interior decoration, electrical work, and carpentry-related projects are allowed to continue, according to the notification.
BS III petrol and BS IV diesel vehicles
Under this stage of the GRAP, state governments have the authority to ban. BS III petrol and BS IV diesel vehicles. This was done previously when the national capital’s air quality became “severe.” But under the new GRAP implementation, Delhi’s transport department has yet to make a judgment.
Earthmoving activity, structural building work, demolitions, raw material movement, batching plant operation, drain digging, tile cutting and fixing, and other activities are also prohibited until further notice, according to CAQM guidelines.
When the AQI falls between 401 and 450, the GRAP enters Stage III. AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good,’ 51 to 100. Is considered’satisfactory,’ 101 to 200 is considered’moderate,’ 201 to 300 is considered ‘poor,’ 301 to 400. Is considered’very poor,’ and over 400 is considered’severe.’