Odd-even likely to return if Delhi’s air quality continues to be severe plus, says EPCA

In his letter to Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, EPCA chairman Bhure Lal, has also asked the states to intensify ground-level action to cut down local emissions to prevent another smog episode. )

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on Thursday wrote to the NCR states to gear up for another round of tough measures under the “emergency” category of the Graded Response Action Plan.

Under the Centre-notified Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), pollution is considered ‘severe plus’ or ‘emergency’ when readings of ultrafine particulates PM 2.5 or PM 10 are above 300 and 500 ug/m3 respectively. If the EPCA notifies the emergency action plan, measures including a ban on entry of trucks, construction activities and roll-out of the odd-even scheme have to be enforced in the city.

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