Delhi air quality turns se­vere again

The Free Press Journal - - NATION - AGEN­CIES /

With no im­prove­ment in the air quality of Delhi-NCR even three days af­ter Di­wali, the en­vi­ron­ment author­ity on Satur­day extended the ban on the en­try of trucks, con­struc­tion and pol­lut­ing in­dus­tries.

The Supreme Court-ap­pointed En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion (Preven­tion and Con­trol) Author­ity (EPCA) on Satur­day or­dered the Delhi govern­ment to ex­tend the ban which was im­posed on November 2. The re­stric­tions im­posed till November 10 were extended to November 12, by when there will be an im­prove­ment in the air quality of Delhi-NCR, as fore­cast by pol­lu­tion mon­i­tor­ing agen­cies, re­ports IANS.

The re­stric­tions were im­posed by the EPCA un­der the Graded Re­sponse Ac­tion Plan (GRAP).

Delhi's air quality started de­te­ri­o­rat­ing a day af­ter Di­wali to "se­vere-plus" or "emer­gency" due to fire­works and weather con­di­tions like wind speed and dip­ping mer­cury, lead­ing to lower dis­per­sion rate of pol­lu­tants. The Air Quality In­dex (AQI) on Satur­day was 401 or "se­vere".

"The CPCB-headed task force has in­formed EPCA that given the pre­vail­ing ad­verse con­di­tions, the fol­low­ing mea­sures will re­main un­til November 12, when it will fur­ther re­view the sit­u­a­tion and in­form us," said EPCA Chair­man Bhure Lal, in a let­ter to Delhi Chief Sec­re­tary An­shu Prakash, the Delhi En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary and the Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee.

The mea­sures in­clude a ban on in­dus­tries us­ing coal and biomass, brick kilns, con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and en­try of trucks into Delhi. The re­stric­tions ex­clude power plants and waste to en­ergy plants.

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