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Delhi Pollution: CAQM Bans Non-Essential Construction as AQ Nears ‘Severe’ Levels

CAQM warns that pollution levels are expected to increase further due to unfavorable meteorological conditions

Delhi Pollution

Delhi Pollution: The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has taken action as part of Stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to combat rising pollution levels in Delhi-NCR. This includes banning non-essential construction activities and the entry of diesel-guzzling trucks into the national capital. The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi reached 402, categorizing it as ‘Severe.’

CAQM warns that pollution levels are expected to increase further due to unfavorable meteorological conditions. Stage III of GRAP also restricts the entry of light commercial vehicles registered outside Delhi and certain heavy goods vehicles.

GRAP categorises actions into four stages:

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).

The 24-hour average AQI in Delhi is recorded at 392, falling into the ‘Very Poor’ category. The Delhi High Court has emphasized the forest department’s responsibility for improving air quality in the region. It expressed concerns about encroachment in the ridge area, which is crucial for Delhi’s air quality.

18 out of 37 recorded AQI in the “severe” category:

The areas where AQI crossed the 400-mark are –

Anand Vihar (450), Bawana (452), Burari Crossing (408), Dwarka Sector 8 (445), Jahangirpuri (433), Mundka (460), NSIT Dwarka (406), Najafgarh (414), Narela (433), Nehru Nagar (400), New Moti Bagh (423), Okhla Phase 2 (415), Patparganj (412), Punjabi Bagh (445), R K Puram (417), Rohini (454), Shadipur (407) and Wazirpur (435).

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