Check all locations with high AQI: CPCB
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.