Delhi temporarily bans entry of trucks, GRAP Stage-4 action plan implemented
The Commission for Air Quality Management has taken the restrictive actions to curb worsening air quality in the national capital.
With persistent toxic air clouding over its skies in the last few days, the national capital is expected to witness its air quality to further deteriorate to 'Severe+' category over the next few days with AQI already crossing the 450 mark, and as a result, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has implemented the Stage-4 of its Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
The plan which was earlier implemented on November 2 in its third stage, which had banned BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel cars to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR, is now being further intensified to its fourth stage as the capital recorded average AQI of over 450 in the last couple of days.
While the key reason for the deteriorating air in the national capital is attributed to the intense smoke traversing its way after emanating from crops being burnt in the neighbouring farming states of Punjab and Haryana, measures are being implemented to curtail vehicular pollution that would lower the air quality.
As part of the latest stage of the emergency plan that has been enforced with immediate effect from November 5, entry of all trucks, barring those for essential commodities or services and ones running on CNG or electric technology, has been banned into the national capital region (NCR) until further notice of the CAQM.
The action plan also imposes a ban on non-Delhi-registered LCVs, other than those running on CNG, electric or BS-VI compliant, as well as carrying essential commodities or offering essential services, alongside putting a temporary ban on all non-BS-VI-compliant diesel four-wheeled vehicles, including cars and SUVs, in the national capital and its bordering areas.
While all construction and demolition activities related to public projects have also been directed to come to a complete standstill, the commission continues to monitor the air quality situation in the national capital, and announce further course of action accordingly.
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