Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: The GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) started taking effect, through the process of shutting down the Badarpur Thermal Power Station as well as the civic bodies giving directions for water sprinkling and mechanized sweeping of selected road stretches. It’s also under GRAP that all construction activity is banned only when the AQI (Air Quality Index) reaches a severe level.
Even so these measures still aren’t enough to help keep the air clean, unless the authorities take immediate measures in order to control road dust, which is considered a major contribution to pollution in Delhi.
The Appointed Environment Pollution Authority (EPCA) chairman of the Supreme Court had decided to ask the chief secretaries of Delhi to step up in enforcing their measures on dust-control at construction sites.
The CPCB had last week said the air quality is likely to deteriorate further by October-end as a result of a change in wind direction and speed. A senior CPCB official said, “The wind speed on Monday fell to 4kmph from 10kmph Sunday, spiking pollution levels. By October-end, the wind speed will be zero, thereby trapping pollutants in the air. All measures under GRAP to tackle the poor air quality are being enforced”.