Delhi’s air quality continues to deteriorate
New Delhi: There seems to be no respite to Delhi-ites from toxic air. The national capital’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) clocked 434 as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report of 4 pm today, which was an increase of 63 points from the AQI recorded yesterday (371).
Considering this sudden rise in the average AQl of Delhi from yesterday evening and today, the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) held an urgent review meeting with the Officials from the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), NCR State Governments, Chairpersons and Member Secretaries of State Pollution Control Boards (PCBs) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
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The CAQM impressed upon the need to implement the provisions of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the field with greater vigour to prevent further deterioration of air quality as well as to bring the overall AQI of Delhi down from the current ‘Severe’ level. The need to deploy inspection teams in adequate numbers to ensure GRAP implementation was also reiterated.
The Commission stated that the concerned authorities assured it that they would review the implementation of GRAP and further intensify the pollution control and mitigating measures including prevention of open burning to reduce the contribution of different sources which has led to the sudden spike in the overall AQI of Delhi.
– global bihari bureau