With air quality in New Delhi likely to deteriorate to 'very poor' category in ahead of Diwali, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in Delhi-NCR has directed the authorities to enact Stage 2 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
Under the action plan, the use of diesel generators, coal and firewood in hotels, restaurants and open eateries will be banned to begin with, in the national capital.
In a meeting on Wednesday, the CAQM sub-committee "comprehensively reviewed the air quality scenario in the region and noted that the air quality parameters are likely to dip on October 22 in the region making it to move into the 'very poor' category".
"The sub-committee today (Wednesday) has taken the call to invoke all actions as envisaged under Stage 2 of the GRAP - 'Very Poor' Air Quality (Delhi AQI ranging between 301-400), three days in advance to the projected levels i.e. today with immediate effect in the entire NCR in right earnest by all the agencies concerned. This is in addition to the restrictive actions mentioned in Stage 1 of GRAP," the CQAM said in an order.
The advisory further said that various agencies responsible for implementing measures under GRAP have been advised to ensure strict implementation of actions under Stage 2 of GRAP.
Under Stage 2 of GRAP, the use of diesel generators is also not allowed except for essential services related to national security, defence-related activities, projects of national importance, telecommunication, data services, medical, railway and metro rail services, airports, inter-state bus terminals, sewage treatment plants, and water pumping stations.
The CAQM has also suggested the use to water sprinklers and vaccum based road sweepers. Further, the dust prone areas must be identified and fog guns be set up over there. The CAQM has advised the people to follow a few steps to combat air pollution.
It said that people should use public transport and minimise the use of personal vehicles. The CAQM also said that dust generating construction activities should be avoided and air filters should be replaced regularly.
(With inputs from IANS)