New Delhi: Amid the worsening condition of air quality, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has implemented GRAP-Stage IV in the Delhi NCR region with immediate effect on Thursday.
The sub-committee held a meeting to review the condition of the weather and added that “the AQI in Delhi is likely to be in the ‘Severe + / Severe’ category in the next couple of days,”.
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The statement further added that “in an effort to prevent further deterioration of the air quality, the sub-committee decided that ALL actions as envisaged under Stage IV of the GRAP ~ ‘Severe + Air Quality (DELHI AQI >450), be implemented in right, earnest by all the agencies concerned, with immediate effect in the NCR.”
The implementation will lead to:
- No entry of trucks in Delhi except for trucks carrying essential commodities/providing essential services & all CNG/electric trucks.
- Ban on plying of Delhi registered diesel operated Medium Goods Vehicles (MGV) and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) in Delhi, except those carrying essential commodities / providing essential services.
- Close down all industries in NCR, even in areas which do not have PNG infrastructure and supply but are still running on fuels, other than the fuels as per the Standard list of approved fuels for NCR.
- However, Industries like milk & dairy units and those involved in manufacturing of life saving medical equipment / devices, drugs and medicines shall however be exempted from the above restrictions.
The statement further added centre is likely to take a decision over implementation of work from home for central government employees.
State government is likely to take decision over the closure of schools, colleges, and educational institutions.
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