8-Point Action Plan In NCR Invoked With Immediate Effect

8-Point Action Plan In NCR Invoked With Immediate Effect

  • Today (02 November 2023), Delhi’s average Air Quality Index (AQI) clocked 392 as per the daily AQI Bulletin provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). At 5 PM, Delhi’s average AQI clocked 402.
  • In the wake of the deteriorating air quality of Delhi-NCR, the Sub-Committee for operationalisation of the Graded Response Action Plan met.
  • They reviewed the overall air quality scenario in the region, the forecasts for meteorological conditions and the AQI made available by IMD/IITM.
  • The Sub-Committee decided to invoke actions under Stage-III of GRAP – ‘Severe’ Air Quality (AQI: 401-450).
  • Various agencies responsible for implementing measures under GRAP and Pollution Control Boards (PCBs) of NCR and DPCC are advised to implement actions under GRAP.
  • In 2022, Stage III of GRAP was invoked in October itself.

8-point action plan:

  1. Intensify the frequency of mechanised/ vacuum-based sweeping of roads.
  2. Ensure daily water sprinkling along with dust suppressants, before peak traffic hours, on roads and right of ways including hotspots, heavy traffic corridors and ensure proper disposal of collected dust in designated sites/ landfills.
  3. Intensify public transport services. Introduce differential rates to encourage off-peak travel.
  4. Construction & Demolition activities:

(i) Enforce a strict ban on construction and demolition activities in the entire NCR, except for the following:

      • Projects for Railway services / Railway stations
      • Projects for Metro Rail Services and stations
      • Airports and Inter State Bus Terminals
      • National security/defence-related activities/ projects of national importance;
      • Hospitals/healthcare facilities
      • Linear public projects such as highways, roads, flyovers, over bridges, power transmission/distribution, pipelines etc. 
      • Sanitation projects like sewage treatment plants and water supply projects etc.
      • Ancillary activities, specific to and supplementing the above-noted categories of projects.

(ii) Other than the projects exempted under (i) above, dust-generating/ air pollution causing C&D activities to be strictly banned during this period shall include:

      • Earthwork for excavation and filling including boring & drilling works.
      • All structural construction works including fabrication and welding operations 
      • Demolition works
      • Loading & unloading of construction materials anywhere within or outside the project sites.
      • Transfer of raw materials either manually or through conveyor belts, including fly ash.
      • Movement of vehicles on unpaved roads.
      • Operation of batching plant.
      • Laying of sewer line, waterline, drainage work and electric cabling by open trench system.
      • Cutting and fixing of tiles, stones and other flooring materials.
      • Grinding activities.
      • Piling work.
      • Waterproofing work.
      • Painting, Polishing and varnishing works etc.
      • Road construction/ repair works including paving of sidewalks/pathways and central verges etc.

(iii) For all construction projects in non‐polluting / non-dust generating activities such as 

        • Plumbing works
        • Electrical works
        • Carpentry related works
        • Interior furnishing/finishing/decoration works excluding painting, polishing and varnishing works etc.

Shall be permitted to be continued

5. Close down operations of stone crushers.

6. Close down all mining and associated activities in the NCR.

7. NCR State Govts. / GNCTD to impose strict restrictions on the plying of BS III petrol and BS IV Diesel LMVs (4 wheelers) in Delhi and in the districts of Guru Gram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar.

8, State Governments in NCR and GNCTD may decide on discontinuing physical classes in schools for children up to Class V and conducting classes in an online mode.

Citizens are advised to:

  • Walk or use cycles for small distances.
  • Choose a cleaner commute. Share a ride to work or use public transport.
  • People, whose positions allow working from home, may work from home. 
  • Do not use coal and wood for heating purposes.
  • Individual house owners may provide electric heaters (during winter) to security staff to avoid open burning.
  • Combine errands and reduce trips.
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