The AQI has improved in Delhi-NCR since January 30. After this, the sub-committee imposing restrictions under GRAP held a review meeting on Wednesday, in which this decision was taken.
New Delhi: In view of the improvement in air quality in Delhi-NCR in the last few days, the restrictions imposed under the second phase of the Graded Response Action Plan have been lifted with immediate effect. Officials gave this information on Wednesday. The Commission for Air Pollution Management (CAQM) said in a statement that according to the Air Quality Index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CBCB) at 4 pm on Wednesday, the AQI in Delhi was recorded in the ‘moderate’ category at 164.
The Air Pollution Management Commission said that the AQI is improving since January 30. In view of the order of improvement in AQI, the restrictions imposed under the second phase of GRAP in Delhi-NCR have been removed with immediate effect. The Commission further said that all the restrictions under the first phase of GRAP will continue to be applicable.
Review meeting on air quality
Keeping in view the improvement in AQI in the last few days and the forecast made by the Meteorological Department, the sub-committee imposing restrictions under GRAP held a review meeting on Wednesday regarding the current air quality. After the review meeting, it was decided to remove the restrictions imposed under the second phase of GRAP.
These restrictions were applicable in GRAP 2
Restrictions imposed under the second phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) included ban on running of diesel generators in Delhi-NCR, ban on burning of coal-wood in hotels, restaurants and dhabas, increase in parking fee for excessive use of public transport. Along with this, it was asked to provide maximum metro and bus services, so that people leave their vehicles and use public transport.