Commission for Air Quality Management Lifts Stage-3 Restrictions in Delhi-NCR


In a significant development, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) sub-committee made the decision on Thursday to revoke Stage-3 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the entire Delhi-NCR region, effective immediately. This decision comes as a response to the progressive improvement in the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi.

GRAP Stage 3 involved stringent measures, including a complete halt on construction and demolition activities, with exceptions for essential government projects. Additionally, mining and stone crushing activities were affected, and there was a ban on the use of BS III petrol and BS IV diesel vehicles in Delhi and its surrounding areas.

The latest AQI reading for Delhi, recorded at 2:00 pm, stands at 316. This marks a significant improvement, being 85 AQI points below the threshold for invoking GRAP Stage III actions, typically triggered when the AQI ranges between 401-450. The CAQM, in its statement, highlighted that preventive, mitigative, and restrictive actions under all GRAP stages up to Stage III are already underway, contributing to the positive trend in air quality.

The decision to revoke Stage-3 restrictions reflects the optimistic outlook for sustaining the improvement in AQI. This move is likely to bring relief to various sectors, including construction and transportation, which were significantly impacted by the stringent measures.

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The CAQM’s decision underscores the effectiveness of ongoing measures and the collective efforts to address air quality concerns in the region. It also serves as a testament to the adaptability of GRAP, allowing for dynamic adjustments based on real-time air quality data.

It is essential for residents and stakeholders to remain vigilant and continue supporting measures aimed at sustaining this positive trajectory in air quality. As Delhi-NCR breathes a sigh of relief with the lifting of Stage-3 restrictions, it becomes imperative to maintain a balance between economic activities and environmental considerations for a sustainable future.

The recent decision by the CAQM sub-committee reflects the improving air quality scenario in Delhi-NCR, signaling a positive shift in the region’s battle against air pollution. As the city embraces these developments, ongoing efforts and a collaborative approach will be crucial in ensuring a long-term improvement in air quality for the well-being of its residents.