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GRAP to be lifted from March 15, review likely next week

GRAP to be lifted from March 15, review likely next week
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NEW DELHI: The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) imposed by the Supreme Court appointed would be lifted from March 15. The EPCA along with Delhi environment department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee would also review the pollution situation likely next week. "As per the order of the Supreme Court, the GRAP would be lifted by March 15. We will review the condition but this year the condition was much better than the last," said an official.

After the lift, there would not be any imposed administrative steps to ensure the pollutant levels in the region's air as not very high. These measures include shutting down all construction activities, stone crushers and hot mix plants, industries using coal and biomass as fuel, diesel generator sets, Badarpur power plant, Mundka industrial area and brick kilns in NCR. This

year the pollution control authority asks people to reduce the use of private vehicles in these 10 days by opting for public transport. While vehicles contribute to 40 per cent of the pollution in Delhi, the EPCA stresses on no use of private diesel vehicles as they are worse and further add to the pollution burden.

The EPCA was constituted with the objective of protecting and improving the quality of the environment and

preventing and controlling

the environmental pollution in the National Capital Region. The EPCA is also mandated

to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in

the city as per the pollution

levels.

In November, the EPCA had enforced several measures, including the closure

of the Badarpur thermal

power plant, ban on brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone

crushers, and construction activities.

The pollution levels are at present in the satisfactory category over most places and in the moderate category over a few places. They do not expect a spike in pollution levels for at least another four to 5 days. Pollution might rise marginally on a few occasions, but it will not reach "very poor" to 'severe' levels in the coming days.

Meanwhile, MeT department predicted isolated hailstorm activities are also possible

over Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). During this episode, day temperatures are likely to fall by

2 to 3 degree Celsius. Night

temperatures will rise on the contrary.

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