India’s national capital will pin its hopes on the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) for the air quality to improve. On Tuesday morning, Delhi’s Air Quality Index was at 251, which falls under “unhealthy” category.
The GRAP will be putting into action a number of anti-pollution measures and there will be specific actions for each category – moderate to poor, very poor, severe and emergency.
The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has asked for measures to be implemented from Tuesday to combat the very poor air quality in Delhi.
The measures include stoppage in the running of diesel sets, a three-fourfold increase in the parking rates, enhanced bus and metro services, and newspapers, TV and radio stations alerts on a daily basis with advice to people with respiratory and cardiac problems.
Simultaneously, measures falling under the moderate-to-poor category will also be in place and will involve periodical mechanised sweeping of roads, deployment of traffic police for smooth flow of traffic at identified choke areas and strict enforcement of pollution norms at brick kilns and industrial complexes.
The CBCM, IMD and the SPCBs have been asked to review the actions of the EPCA and review actions and send reports on a daily basis.