In a positive turn of events for the residents of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the Central Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM) has taken the decision to lift the restrictions under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) phase three. This move comes on the heels of a significant improvement in pollution levels, heralding a return to normalcy in various sectors.
Resumption of Construction Activities: With the removal of GRAP-3 restrictions, private construction and demolition activities have been given the green light. This decision is expected to bring relief to the construction sector, allowing it to resume operations without the constraints that were in place due to environmental concerns.
Reinstatement of BS-3 Petrol and BS-4 Diesel Vehicles: A notable change includes the allowance of BS-3 petrol and BS-4 diesel vehicles, which were previously restricted under GRAP-3. Vehicle owners can now operate their BS-3 and 4 cars without facing the earlier imposed limitations.
Improved Air Quality Index (AQI): The positive impact of these measures is reflected in the improved Air Quality Index (AQI) for Delhi, which showed a marked improvement from 395 on Monday evening to 312 on Tuesday. This decline indicates a positive shift in the overall air quality, reflecting the success of pollution control efforts.
Resumption of Stone Crushers and Similar Operations: Industries reliant on stone crushers and similar operations can now breathe a sigh of relief as the restrictions on these activities have been lifted. This move is expected to bring respite to various sectors that were temporarily halted due to environmental concerns.
Regional Impact Beyond Delhi: The uplifting of restrictions is not confined to Delhi alone but extends to neighboring areas such as Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Faridabad, and Gurugram. These regions, which were subject to similar restrictions, will now experience a resumption of activities following the CAQM’s decision.
CAQM’s Strategic Role: The CAQM, as a statutory body entrusted with pollution control strategies, played a crucial role in this decision. Their assessment of the overall improvement in air quality in the Delhi-NCR region has paved the way for the removal of stringent measures.
Weather Forecast and Future AQI: While the current improvement is commendable, the Meteorological Department will continue monitoring the situation. The forthcoming weather forecasts will provide insights into the expected trajectory of the Air Quality Index in the region.