February 18, 2024
Delhi Braces for Severe Air Quality, Authorities Review Measures
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Delhi Braces for Severe Air Quality, Authorities Review Measures

Delhi Braces for Severe Air Quality, Authorities Review Measures

Delhi Braces for Severe Air Quality, Authorities Review Measures

On Monday, Delhi recorded an average Air Quality Index (AQI) of 356, prompting concerns as it teeters on the edge of the ‘Very Poor’ category. The Central Pollution Control Board’s 4 p.m. bulletin raised alarms, indicating deteriorating air quality. The AQI scale, ranging from ‘good’ to ‘severe,’ highlights the city’s struggle with pollution. The CAQM Sub-Committee on GRAP convened an urgent meeting to assess the situation and potential measures to address the impending ‘Severe’ category forecasted for Tuesday.

Meeting Highlights and Air Quality Outlook

The Sub-Committee, cognizant of the looming crisis, discussed the current air quality scenario, meteorological forecasts, and the projected Air Quality Index provided by IMD/IITM. While the forecast suggests a temporary spike to the ‘Severe’ category on Tuesday, the Sub-Committee anticipates a return to the ‘Very Poor’ category due to improved meteorological conditions, including gusty winds and a chance of rain. The outlook for subsequent days projects the average AQI to linger in the ‘Poor’ or ‘Very Poor’ range.

Cautionary Measures and GRAP Status

In response to the potential escalation, the Sub-Committee decided against invoking Stage III of the GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) at this stage. Stage 3 restrictions involve stringent measures, including a ban on non-essential construction and restrictions on certain vehicle categories. The authorities weighed the overall air quality scenario and meteorological factors before opting for a cautious approach. It’s noteworthy that GRAP restrictions were lifted on January 18, following an improvement in air quality. Delhi, grappling with recurring air pollution challenges, remains vigilant in implementing measures to mitigate the impact on public health.**

On Monday, Delhi recorded an average Air Quality Index (AQI) of 356, prompting concerns as it teeters on the edge of the ‘Very Poor’ category. The Central Pollution Control Board’s 4 p.m. bulletin raised alarms, indicating deteriorating air quality. The AQI scale, ranging from ‘good’ to ‘severe,’ highlights the city’s struggle with pollution. The CAQM Sub-Committee on GRAP convened an urgent meeting to assess the situation and potential measures to address the impending ‘Severe’ category forecasted for Tuesday.

Meeting Highlights and Air Quality Outlook

The Sub-Committee, cognizant of the looming crisis, discussed the current air quality scenario, meteorological forecasts, and the projected Air Quality Index provided by IMD/IITM. While the forecast suggests a temporary spike to the ‘Severe’ category on Tuesday, the Sub-Committee anticipates a return to the ‘Very Poor’ category due to improved meteorological conditions, including gusty winds and a chance of rain. The outlook for subsequent days projects the average AQI to linger in the ‘Poor’ or ‘Very Poor’ range.

Cautionary Measures and GRAP Status

In response to the potential escalation, the Sub-Committee decided against invoking Stage III of the GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) at this stage. Stage 3 restrictions involve stringent measures, including a ban on non-essential construction and restrictions on certain vehicle categories. The authorities weighed the overall air quality scenario and meteorological factors before opting for a cautious approach. It’s noteworthy that GRAP restrictions were lifted on January 18, following an improvement in air quality. Delhi, grappling with recurring air pollution challenges, remains vigilant in implementing measures to mitigate the impact on public health.**

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