AQI in Delhi expected to be ‘severe’ on Tuesday, Center refrains from imposing stringent measures
New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) The Center on Monday refrained from imposing stringent measures to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR, even as air quality in the region was predicted to be ‘severe’ by January 30.
This is the third time since January 24, when the central government decided not to implement strict measures to control air pollution.
The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was 356 at 4 pm on Monday. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), it is likely to reach the ‘severe’ category (AQI above 400) on Tuesday.
If the AQI crosses the 400 mark, Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) authorities will have to impose strict restrictions under phase three of the Centre’s Phased Response Action Plan (GRAP) to control pollution in wind
The Commission on Air Quality Management (CAQM) sub-committee for the operation of GRAP convened an emergency meeting on Monday and took stock of the air quality situation, projected AQI and meteorological forecasts, a statement said.
According to IMD and IITM, the expected deterioration in air quality on Tuesday is “likely to be of short duration.”
He said the AQI will return to the ‘very poor’ category due to slight improvement in meteorological conditions, including strong winds and rain.
Therefore, the committee decided not to implement the third phase of GRAP at this stage, CAQM said.
The three-phase restrictions include banning non-essential construction work and operation of BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel four-wheelers in Delhi-NCR.
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