After over a week of air quality swinging between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ on the measuring index, emergency response measures will be pressed into action today. These will include stopping use of diesel-generator sets and the shut down of Badarpur coal power plant — as mandated under the Centre’s Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) of 2017.
The notification states that as the Capital’s air quality deteriorates during winter between October 15 and February 15, the GRAP measures have to be implemented in correspondence with the severity of pollution.
“As per the GRAP measures, use of diesel generator sets will be prohibited in Delhi and the Badarpur power plant will be shut. If the air quality deteriorates further, then other measures that are implemented under very poor and severe category, such as augmenting of metro and bus services alongside closing of brick kilns and construction activities will be rolled out,” said Sunita Narain, member, of the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA). Read more
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