Delhi-NCR Pollution: Due to the deteriorating air quality, the central panel on air quality control removed the limits it had placed in Delhi and the national capital region. The choice was made as the region’s Air Quality Index (AQI) improved as a result of the actions.
Provisions under GRAP 3 still continue
The region will continue with the provisions under GRAP 3 as the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) overturned the decision to impose level 4 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). The panel concluded that the air quality scenario could not be improved with any stronger actions than those outlined in GRAP Stage-IV.
“There is a likelihood of maintaining the improvement in AQI because preventive, mitigating, and restrictive actions under all stages up to Stage-IV are currently being implemented, and because Delhi’s current AQI level is around 339, which is about 111 AQI points below the threshold for invoking the GRAP Stage-IV actions (Delhi AQI > 450). The IMD/IITM projection likewise does not show any more severe decline,” the panel wrote in its letter.
The sub-Committee hereby decides to immediately cancel the order, issued according to dated November 3, 2022, for acts under Stage-IV of the GRAP. To make sure that the AQI values do not further deteriorate into the “Severe” or “Severe +” category, all agencies concerned in the entire NCR shall continue through implement, monitor, and review the actions under Stages-I to Stage-III of the GRAP.
Diesel vehicles can now enter Delhi
The limitations have been removed, so diesel vehicles can now enter Delhi. Under GRAP 4, the disruptive stage of limitations, the automobiles were forbidden. However, because it is subject to the limitations outlined in GRAP 3, the prohibition on non-essential building will persist.