Centre’s air pollution plan for Delhi in effect

02 October,2023 08:20 AM IST |  New Delhi  |  Agencies

Commission for air quality implements key changes to combat pollution

CAQM is tasked with improving the air quality in Delhi and its adjoining areas. Representation Pic

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The Graded Response Action Plan - a set of anti-air pollution measures implemented in Delhi-NCR during the winter - came into effect on Sunday.

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), an autonomous body tasked with improving the air quality in Delhi and its adjoining areas, made crucial changes to the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) last year and again in July.

The new changes include strict restrictions on the plying of overage vehicles and a complete ban on the use of coal and firewood in eateries, restaurants and hotels when the Air Quality Index (AQI) breaches the 200-mark.

BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel four-wheelers will be immediately banned in Delhi and Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar if the AQI crosses the 400-mark.

The CAQM, a statutory body formed under an Act in 2021, amended the GRAP in 2022 to ensure proactive implementation of anti-air pollution steps based on forecasts up to three days in advance.

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