“Implement GRAP in Delhi NCR & banned diesel generator from 15 Oct 2020” Ministry of Environment

Every year pollution in Delhi is becoming worse, especially during the winter season. Here the smoke mixes with the fog and creates the condition of the smog. Also in the month of October, farmers of Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh start harvesting rice and the leftover is burned  to prepare the Field for next crops.

Recently the forecast indicates that the Delhi overall Air Quality Index (AQI) is likely to deteriorate in the next three days. It is already in the poor category.

According to the data of the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board), there are 35 pollution monitoring stations and the air quality index in 17 stations is in poor category, while 15 stations recorded moderate category and 4 were non-functional.

The AQI has 6 categories- good, satisfactory, moderate, polluted, poor, very poor and the severe.

The Environment Ministry is now going to take some stringent measures to fight against the air pollution in Delhi and NCR. They are going to implement GRAP and it will be applicable for 3 years in Delhi and the NCR.

It also stated that from 15 October onwards diesel generators will no longer be used in Delhi and the NCR towns like Noida, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon. There are also some exceptions  where the diesel generator can be used like emergency and essential service.

The meeting held on 8 October 2020, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (ECPA) said that urgent action needs to be taken for the implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

This should be implemented in the areas of the severe and the poor category.

The following measures will come into force:-

  1. The use of diesel generators will be banned in Delhi and the vicinity towns like Ghaziabad, Noida.
  1. Large construction projects including highway and the metro will provide undertaking to the State Pollution Control Board and will adhere to the prescribed guidelines for dust- management.
  1. Industries in the red and orange category will use only authorized fuel.
  1. There should be ground- level surveillance, night patrolling. So as to ensure zero tolerance for all sources of pollution.
  1. Solution to the long -term problem of solid waste dumping.
  1. Direct mechanized sweeping machines for regular cleaning of roads and streets.
  1. Closure of power plants in NCR, which do not adhere to 2017 emission norms.

So, these measures will come into force from 15 October 2020 onwards to curb the pollution in Delhi and nearby states.