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GRAP Stage-III restrictions revoked in Delhi-NCR with immediate effect amid improved air quality

GRAP Stage III had initially imposed restrictions on all construction and demolition activities, excluding only essential government projects, mining, and stone crushing. The recent decision removes these limitations.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: January 18, 2024 17:20 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO New Delhi: Traffic moves amid smog in New Delhi.

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) sub-committee takes swift action by revoking Stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), thereby lifting the complete halt on construction and demolition work in the entire Delhi-NCR region.

Construction and vehicle bans lifted 

GRAP Stage-3, which mandated a complete halt on construction and demolition work, excluding essential government projects, mining, and stone crushing, along with a ban on BS III petrol and BS IV diesel vehicles, has been lifted in light of improving air quality.

AQI improvement

The decision follows a notable improvement in the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi, recorded at 316 at 2:00 pm. This reading is 85 AQI points below the threshold for invoking GRAP Stage III actions, indicating a positive trend in air quality.

Preventive actions ongoing

The CAQM emphasises that preventive, mitigative, and restrictive actions under all GRAP stages, up to Stage III, are currently underway, contributing to the potential sustained improvement in AQI.

Weather forecast supports improvement

The statement from CAQM refers to forecasts by IMD/IITM, indicating no significant deterioration in air quality. The likelihood of AQI improvement and remaining in the lower-end or very poor category in the coming days is highlighted.

Previous GRAP Stage-3 instances

GRAP Stage-3 measures were previously invoked on November 3 and December 22, lifting after 27 days and around 10 days, respectively, to address severe air quality conditions in Delhi-NCR during the winter season.

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