Sunday, October 14, 2018

Emergency plan on Air Pollution from today As Air Quality down from poor to Very Poor- NASA UPDATE

New Delhi, October 14:  An emergency action plan will be implemented from Monday to combat air pollution that has begun to show a trend towards very poor category, the Central Pollution Control Board said.

Under the emergency plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), stringent actions are implemented based on the air quality of the city. If the air quality lies in the moderate to poor category, measures like stopping garbage burning in landfills and other places, and enforcing all pollution control regulations in brick-kilns and industries would be implemented, an official said. If the air quality falls in the very poor category, additional measures of stopping use of diesel generator sets, enhancing parking fees three-four times and increasing frequency of Metro and buses would be implemented, he added.

If the air quality falls in the severe category, additional measures would be implemented of increasing the frequency of mechanised cleaning of roads, sprinkling of water on roads and identifying road stretches with high dust generation.
Emergency plan on air pollution from today

If the air quality falls to severe plus emergency category, measures like stopping entry of trucks into Delhi (except essential commodities), stopping construction activities and appointment of a task force to take decisions on any additional steps, including shutting of schools, are implemented.

Satellite images from NASA have shown rampant stubble burning activity in Punjab and Haryana

NASA stated that burning of crop residue has increased significantly over the past 10 days in and near Amritsar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa and Hisar

Burning of paddy straw in October, November and wheat straw during April in Punjab and Haryana are considered to be major contributors to air pollution in Delhi-NCR

In Delhi, smoke mixes with the fog and creates a toxic smoggy winter every year

Currently the air quality is in the poor category but authorities predict that it would reach the ‘very poor’ category in the next couple of days. In addition to GRAP, the CPCB has also deployed 41 teams across Delhi NCR to monitor implementation of norms enforced to prevent pollution at the source. Till October 11, 96 inspections were conducted across Delhi NCR and the inspections would intensify.

Source: The Tribune News Paper

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