In response to the deteriorating air quality in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR & Adjoining Areas (CAQM) has swiftly implemented an 8-point action plan, aligning with Stage-IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), effective immediately. With the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching severe levels, the following restrictions have been put into action in Delhi-NCR.
- Diesel Truck Ban: The use of diesel trucks has been prohibited to curb emissions and reduce air pollution.
- Construction Halt: All construction activities have been temporarily halted to minimize dust and particulate matter in the atmosphere.
- Work From Home Mandate: Offices have been advised to enable work from home arrangements, reducing the number of vehicles on the road and workplace emissions.
The air quality crisis has been exacerbated by Delhi’s average AQI soaring to 454, as reported by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Unfavorable meteorological conditions have further compounded the issue, prompting the Sub-Committee responsible for implementing the GRAP to convene.
This swift response aims to mitigate the immediate threat to public health and underscores the urgency of addressing the air quality challenges faced by the NCR and its adjoining areas.