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Delhi Chief Minister Calls High-Level Meeting To ‘Curb’ Air Pollution

The Commission for Air Quality Management decided to invoke Stage IV of the GRAP in the Delhi-NCR with immediate effect to improve AQI

Delhi Chief Minister Calls High-Level Meeting To 'Curb' Air Pollution
The cases of stubble burning in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab are the major sources of air pollution in the national capital

New Delhi: As the air quality continues to deteriorate in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a high-level meeting today, officials said. “Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called a high-level meeting on the issue of increasing pollution,” the official said. This meeting will be held in Delhi Secretariat at 12 noon. Officials further informed that Delhi’s Environment Minister and officials of all concerned departments will attend the meeting.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) measured at 9 AM from ITO and Ashok Vihar in Delhi was recorded as 400 in the Very Poor Category.  According to the data issued by the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR-India), the air quality in the National Capital was recorded at 488, up from 410 a day ago.

This comes after the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on Sunday (November 5) decided to invoke Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the entire National Capital Region (NCR) with immediate effect to prevent further deterioration of air quality.

Also Read: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai Urges People To Use Public Transport To Curb Pollution Due To Vehicles

The Air Quality Commission said that Stage IV strictly needs to be implemented in addition to the restrictions placed under Stage I to III.

According to the 8-point action plan, there will be a ban on entry of truck traffic into Delhi (except for trucks carrying essential commodities/ providing essential services and all LNG/ CNG/ electric trucks). Also, a ban will be imposed on the running of Delhi-registered diesel-operated Medium Goods Vehicles (MGVs) and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in Delhi, except those carrying essential commodities/ providing essential services. GRAP Stage-IV restrictions also include NCR State Govts and GNCTD may take a decision on discontinuing physical classes even for classes VI-IX, and class XI and conduct lessons in an online mode.

Doctors say, for any healthy person, a recommended AQI should be less than 50, but these days the AQI has spiked beyond 400, which could prove fatal for those suffering from lung-related diseases and even poses a risk of lung cancer.

The cases of stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab are the major sources of air pollution in the city.

Meanwhile, a similar situation was witnessed in Bathinda, Punjab where the AQI remained in the (very poor) category with an overall Air Quality Index recorded at 215.

Locals spoke to ANI and appealed to the government to stop farmers from stubble burning as air pollution in the region continues to deteriorate. The locals said,

Do not let the farmers set the stubble on fire. The smoke will cause great health problems to the people.

NGT in a statement said that immediate action is required for the prevention and control of air pollution in these cities so as to ensure better air quality to the residents.

Also Read: Punjab: Stubble Burning Results In AQI Of ‘Poor’ Category In Bathinda

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