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Air stifled in Delhi, Environment Minister called a meeting, may implement the third phase of GRAP


New Delhi. The national capital Delhi was covered with a layer of haze on Saturday morning and the air quality (AQI) of the city inched near the ‘severe’ category. In view of the deteriorating situation due to air pollution in Delhi, Environment Minister Gopal Rai in the Aam Aadmi Party government has called a high-level meeting at 12 noon on Sunday. In this meeting, all the departments were called to review the pollution situation. In this, there will also be a discussion on the implementation of the third phase of GRAP regarding the increasing level of pollution.

Under this third phase of GRAP, many major measures can be taken to prevent air pollution. These include banning of construction and demolition activities except for essential projects in the National Capital Region (NCR), besides banning petrol-powered BS3 vehicles and diesel-powered BS4 four-wheelers.

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These works may be banned
An official of the Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM) said that if the AQI becomes ‘severe’, the NCR, except for essential projects (such as railways, metros, airports, ISBTs, national security/defence-related projects of national importance), will It requires a ban on polluting activities such as construction and demolition, plumbing, woodworking, interior decoration and electrical work. Apart from this, ban can also be imposed on brick-kilns, hot mix plants, stone crushers and mining and related activities in NCR.

The 24-hour average air quality index in Delhi stood at 397 at 4 pm, which is the worst level since January. Earlier, the air quality index of Delhi was 312 on Monday, 302 on Tuesday, 271 on Wednesday and 354 on Thursday.

most polluted air in anand vihar
Here Anand Vihar (with 454 AQI) was the most polluted place in the capital. While Wazirpur (439), Narela (423), Ashok Vihar (428), Vivek Vihar (427) and Jahangirpuri (438) were the monitoring stations where the air quality was recorded in the ‘severe’ category.

Apart from this, the air quality in the neighboring cities of Ghaziabad (381), Noida (392), Greater Noida (398), Gurugram (360) and Faridabad (391) also reached near the ‘severe’ category.

AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 to 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 to 200 ‘moderate’, 201 to 300 ‘poor’, 301 to 400 ‘very poor’ and An AQI between 401 and 500 is considered ‘severe’.

At the same time, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the concentration of the lung-damaging particulate PM 2.5 was above 400 micrograms per cubic meter in many areas at 11 am, which is almost seven times higher than the safe limit of 60 micrograms per cubic metre. . (with language input)

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