The implementation of GRAP Stage 4 in Delhi-NCR has been mandated by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM).
When the air quality in Delhi-NCR starts to deteriorate during the winter, a series of emergency measures known as the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) are gradually put into place.
On Thursday, the air quality panel said that construction activities for public projects including motorways, flyovers, electricity transmission, and pipelines are currently prohibited in Delhi-NCR. According to the panel, the federal and state governments may opt to allow employees to work from home.
Additional guidelines provided in connection with the implementation include:
- Ban truck traffic from entering Delhi, with the exception of all CNG and electric vehicles and trucks hauling or delivering necessities.
- Restriction on the use of diesel-powered Medium Goods Vehicles (MGV) and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) in Delhi, with the exception of those transporting or performing critical services.
- The NCT of Delhi and the Districts of the NCR that border Delhi have a ban on the usage of 4-wheeled diesel LMVS, with the exception of BS-VI vehicles and vehicles utilised for vital or emergency services.
- Put an end to all NCR industries that use fuels other than those on the Standard List of Approved Fuels for NCR, even those in locations without PNG infrastructure or supply. (But the production of life-saving medical equipment, gadgets, and medications, as well as milk and dairy units, must be free from the aforementioned limits.)
- Prohibit C&D operations on linear public projects including roads, flyovers, bridges, pipelines, electricity transmission, etc.
- NCR State Governments and GNCTD will determine whether to let governmental, municipal, and commercial offices operate with 50% of their staff present while the other 75% work from home.
- The central government may decide whether to allow central government departments to do business remotely.
- State governments may also take further emergency measures, such as closing schools, universities, and other educational institutions, stopping non-emergency commercial activity, and driving on an odd-even schedule, among other things.
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SECTOR-51, GURUGRAM – HSPCB, SAMASPUR · 368 AQI · VERY POOR
INDIA GATE, NEW DELHI AQI 403 AQI · SEVERE
SECTOR – 62, NOIDA – IMD, NOIDA · 377 AQI · VERY POOR
VASUNDHARA, GHAZIABAD – UPPCB, SAHIBABAD · 351 AQI · VERY POOR
TALKATORA DISTRICT INDUSTRIES CENTER, LUCKNOW – CPCB, SECTOR G · 338 AQI · VERY POOR
OKHLA, DELHI – IMD, SOUTH EAST DELHI · 358 AQI · VERY POOR
SAROJINI NAGAR, DELHI – CPCB, RANJIT SINGH BLOCK · 396 AQI · VERY POOR
ANAND VIHAR, DELHI – DPCC, SAHIBABAD · 373 AQI · VERY POOR