Delhi Air Pollution: Gopal Rai will hold a meeting on Monday on the action plan for the winter season

New Delhi, Sep 4 (PTI) Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will chair an important meeting on Monday to discuss department-wise responsibilities under the 15-point Cold Action Plan to combat air pollution during the winter season.

Officials said the minister will “assign specific tasks to the departments concerned which will have to submit a detailed report on prevention of air pollution from a particular source”.

The Environment Department will oversee the implementation of measures to reduce pollution during the winter season.

The action plan includes stubble management, dust pollution, vehicular fumes, open waste burning, industrial pollution, green war rooms and green Delhi applications, pollution hotspots, smog towers, e-waste parks, tree plantation, eco-farming, public participation, The focus will be on crackers and joint action with neighboring states.

In the meeting to be held on Monday, all the work points will be discussed in detail with the 33 departments concerned. The meeting will also brainstorm on the implementation of the revised Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

According to the Air Quality Management Commission, the revised GRAP – a series of anti-air pollution measures in Delhi and its adjoining areas depending on the gravity of the situation – will come into force from October 1, 15 days ahead of the normal date.

Under a new policy prepared by CAQM to reduce air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the revised plan focuses on proactive implementation of restrictions based on forecasts – restrictions could be imposed up to three days in advance.

The authorities will implement these steps only after the PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentrations touch a specific threshold.

According to the new plan, if the Air Quality Index (AQI) crosses 450, then BS4 four-wheeler diesel vehicles have also been banned in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) bordering it. However, people engaged in essential services will be exempted from this.

The article is in Hindi


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