Delhi takes action to combat air pollution

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Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: In Delhi NCR, parking fees might have increased and diesel generators were banned when officials are planning to execute the so-called Graded Response Action Plan (Grap), which involves laying down stringent measures as well as enforcing the restrictions in order to help combat air pollution.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality index has been in the ‘poor’ category since the first week of October and is likely to deteriorate to ‘very poor’ later this month as the atmospheric conditions change.

Officials said that the air quality is slightly better than last year due to the weather being windier since it helps in clearing the local pollution and the farmers in Punjab and Haryana are yet to begin clearing their fields after their paddy harvest.

CPCB has deployed 41 inspection teams that started monitoring the air pollution sources in Delhi-NCR from September, and have found many types of violations such as open dumping of construction and demolition debris, open waste dumping and even garbage burning. A senior official said, violations were being reported and agencies will be asked to step up enforcement.

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