Check all lo­ca­tions with high AQI: CPCB

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: With air qual­ity touch­ing the ‘poor’ cat­e­gory and grad­u­ally de­te­ri­o­rat­ing over the last two days, the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) task force has asked the agen­cies to step up ac­tions ahead of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ‘very poor’ and ‘se­vere’ air qual­ity mea­sures un­der the Graded Re­sponse Ac­tion Plan (GRAP) from Oc­to­ber 15. The CPCB task force, in a meet­ing held on Fri­day, is­sued di­rec­tions, ask­ing agen­cies to check all lo­ca­tions with higher AQI.

“Agen­cies need to step up their ac­tions. All state pol­lu­tion con­trol boards are ad­vised to be vig­i­lant and closely mon­i­tor air qual­ity and ac­tions by the im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies,” stated the task force.

“With crit­i­cal win­ter sea­son, air pol­lu­tion lev­els are ex­pected to go up. Peo­ple are ad­vised to take steps for min­imis­ing pol­lu­tion, avoid dump­ing and burn­ing of waste, main­tain ve­hi­cles, min­imise use of personal ve­hi­cles, en­sure proper lane driv­ing, be vig­i­lant and report pol­lut­ing ac­tiv­i­ties through ‘Sameer App’ and so­cial media plat­forms to help im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies take timely cor­rec­tive mea­sures,” it added.

On the oc­ca­sion, VK Soni from the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment said that due to mon­soon with­drawal, winds are calm and lead­ing to low dis­per­sion of pol­lu­tants. Wind direction has also changed to west and north­west. He stated that only about 10-20mg/m3 of PM2.5 is at­trib­uted to stub­ble burn­ing in the over­all air qual­ity of Delhi, adding that the air qual­ity is likely to re­main in the ‘poor’ cat­e­gory for the next 2-3 days.

EDMC com­mis­sioner Dil­raj Kaur said 40 wa­ter sprin­kling tankers and 10 me­chan­i­cal road sweep­ing ma­chines will be de­ployed in east Delhi.

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