Delhi-NCR Chokes As Air Turns More Toxic | Visual From Noida
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New Delhi: Pollution levels in Delhi-NCR entered the "severe" zone for the first time this season on Thursday, with scientists warning of a further spike over the next two weeks. The national capital and it's adjoining areas were covered in haze and smog which had reduced visibility even during afternoon hours. In wake of the massive deterioration in the air quality of Delhi-NCR, GRAP Stage 3 was invoked on Thursday under which a slew of restrictions have been imposed.
The overall air quality index (AQI) in Delhi stood at 402 at 5 pm on Thursday with areas like Anand Vihar recording an AQI of 999. In Noida, Gurugram as well, the air quality had slipped into severe category.
Delhi's overall AQI on Friday morning was recorded at 346 at 6 am. GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) categorises actions into four stages: Stage I - 'Poor' (AQI 201-300); Stage II - 'Very Poor' (AQI 301-400); Stage III - 'Severe' (AQI 401-450); and Stage IV - 'Severe Plus' (AQI >450).
GRAP 3 in Place: Steps Taken to Control Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR1. More Delhi Metro Services From Today
Delhi Metro will run 20 extra train trips across its network starting November 3 in view of the measures taken by pollution control authorities on Thursday to encourage more and more people to use public transport in Delhi and neighbouring cities, officials said. Delhi Metro is already running 40 additional train trips on weekdays (Monday-Friday) from October 25 onwards when GRAP-II stage had come into force.
2. Schools Closed
All government and private primary schools in Delhi will remain closed for the next two days in view of rising pollution levels, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Thursday night. State governments in NCR and Delhi may take a decision on discontinuing physical classes in schools for children up to Class V and conducting classes in an online mode.
3. E-bus shuttle service for govt employees from Nov 3
The Delhi government will be starting a special electric bus shuttle service for state and central government employees from Friday, a senior official said. The shuttle services will start from Kidwai Nagar and RK Puram for Central Secretariat for Central government employees. For Delhi government employees, the e-bus shuttle service will also run from Gulabi Bagh to Delhi Secretariat, Kundra said.
4. Ban on Construction Activity
The Centre's pollution control panel on Thursday issued directions to ban non-essential construction work in Delhi-NCR as the air quality in the city entered the 'severe' category. Stage III of GRAP involves a complete halt on construction and demolition work except for essential government projects, mining and stone crushing. With the air quality in Delhi sliding to severe category, a ban has been imposed on all non-essential construction work and demolition work in the city
5 . Entry of Vehicles in Delhi-NCR
Even the entry of light commercial vehicles and diesel trucks have also been banned in the national capital. As per the latest restrictions under GRAP 3, BS 3 petrol vehicles and BS 4 diesel vehicles will not be allowed to ply on the Delhi roads, in addition, older diesel buses have also been banned to operate on the Delhi roads. There is no updated on the banning of two-wheeler or old three-wheelers. The statement has only mentioned about BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel LMVs (Light Motor Vehicles) in Delhi and districts of Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar.
6. What All Activities Are Banned Under GRAP 3?
Activities like earthwork for excavation and filling, including boring and drilling work, all structural construction work, including fabrication and welding operations and demolition work, loading and unloading of construction materials anywhere within or outside the project sites, the transfer of raw materials either manually or through conveyor belts, including fly ash, the movement of vehicles on unpaved roads, the laying of sewer line, waterline, drainage work and electric cabling by an open trench system, the cutting and fixing of tiles, stones and other flooring materials, grinding activities, piling work, water proofing work, painting, polishing and varnishing work etc. to be strictly banned following the GRAP 3 implementation.
7. Under the GRAP III, the further the frequency of mechanised or vacuum-based sweeping of roads, ensuring 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 the collected dust in designated sites or landfills, further intensify public transport services.
The current haziness in Delhi is primarily a result of local pollutants accumulating in the air due to the combination of decreasing temperatures and calm winds.