Air quality panel asks states to be fully prepared to implement ’emergency measures’

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 15

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in NCR and adjoining areas on Sunday advised states and concerned agencies to be fully prepared to implement the ’emergency measures’ listed under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

Calling an emergency meeting in view of the deteriorating air quality of the Delhi-NCR region, it detailed various air pollution preventive measures and mitigation actions that need to be taken up by the various agencies concerned in Delhi-NCR.

The adverse air quality scenario in the region as a combined result of paddy stubble burning, vehicular pollution, post-Diwali pollution, drop in temperature and other local factors is also significantly affected by dust storms from south-westerly directions. was affected. The Thar desert, which brought huge amount of dust, further raised the PM2.5/PM10 levels, it said.

The Commission has also identified five different areas contributing to the prevailing adverse air quality of Delhi-NCR, which need better attention with intensive efforts by the agencies. Concerned of the State Governments of the National Capital Region (NCR) and GNCTD.

These are to control the incidents of burning of paddy straw; control of dust from construction and demolition (C&D) activities; control of dust from roads and open areas; vehicle pollution; and industrial pollution.

“CAQM is of the view that there is a critical need for regular evaluation by senior level management in the State Governments and concerned agencies to be well aware of the visible impact of the efforts initiated at the ground level to improve the air quality of Delhi. -NCR,” said an official statement.

While seeking views from Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (UP), the Commission advised the concerned departments to consider similar restrictions/regulations implemented by GNCTD in the respective NCR districts.