Reports stated air quality in the national capital has begun deteriorating ahead of the winter season. Meanwhile to this end, the Graded Response Action Plan to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR is slated to come into force on Tuesday, which would proactively roll out stricter measures depending on the need to discourage private vehicles on roads, stop the entry of trucks, use of diesel generators, and closing brick kilns and stone crushers.
Previously on Sunday, the air quality in delhi turned "very poor" with the overall Air Quality Index going beyond the 300 marks, while on Monday, it improved by around 50 points but the situation has continued to oscillate between poor and very poor for the last 24 hours. Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research ( SAFAR) said “Prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board and first implemented in Delhi-NCR in 2017, the Graded Response Action Plan lists measures to curb air pollution according to the severity of the situation”.
Moreover this year, GRAP will witness the return of delhi government's odd-even car rationing scheme from November 4 and the extension of the ban on diesel gen-sets to NCR cities of Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Sonepat, panipat and Bahadurgarh. Perhaps GRAP measures include increasing bus and metro services, hiking parking fees and stopping the use of diesel gen-sets when the air quality turns "poor".