Delhi AQI: Air Quality Worsens, BS-3 Petrol, BS-4 Diesel Vehicles Restricted

6 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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The vehicle restrictions will last until December 9 or until the GRAP stage revision, whichever comes first.

The entry of BS-III petroleum and BS-IV diesel LMVs (4 wheelers) into Delhi has been restricted with immediate effect after the Sub-Committee for operationalization of the revised GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) reviewed all the actions as envisaged under Stage-III of the GRAP on Sunday in Delhi and NCR.

The vehicle restrictions will last until December 9 or until the GRAP stage modification, whichever comes first.

The transport department of the Delhi government issued an official statement that read, “As per the directions under GRAP-3, Delhi Govt orders restrictions to ply BS-3 Petrol and BS-4 Diesel LMVs (4 wheelers) in NCT of Delhi, with immediate effect, until dated 9th December or until downward revision in GRAP stage, whichever is earlier.”

The ban will not pertain to the vehicles used for government, electoral, and emergency services operations.

According to the transport department, every BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel LMV (4-wheeler) discovered operating on public roads would be punished under section 194 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, which carries a punishment of Rs 20,000.

The city’s total Air Quality Index (AQI), as reported by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), was 337 on Monday, falling into the very bad category.

Both PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentrations in the air were measured at 337 and 196, respectively, under the veyr bad and poor categories.